Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery — Asian Health Blog
Obesity for whatever reason is dangerous for your health. You might have gained those extra kilos as a side effect of certain medication, or because obesity is in your genes, or simply because you can’t help taking those extra helpings when the food is delicious. Whatever might be the reason for weight gain, you definitely need to shed weight. How you go about it makes the difference.
Don’t Put Your Life at Risk
All too often excess weight cripples us one way or another. You run the risk of developing one or more of the following ailments:
- cardiac problems including high blood pressure;
- type 2 diabetes which might damage vital organs like the eyes, kidneys, liver, and heart;
- neuropathy or nerve damage;
- osteoarthritis causing mobility issues;
- certain kinds of cancer;
- metabolic syndrome;
- kidney disease, also called nephropathy;
- fatty liver disease;
- obstructive sleep apnea causing sleep difficulties.
When the obesity is caused by health issues like hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, or insulin resistance; then your weight loss becomes imperative.
Most Desirable Option for Those Unable to Undertake Vigorous Exercise
Most diet plans and commercial weight loss programs work only up to a point. Further, many of them would be quite dangerous for people with multiple health issues. Somebody with stiff knees who needs assistance to get out of a chair obviously wouldn’t be able to sweat off fat in a gym. For such people, the most desirable option is to undergo bariatric surgery. Those who gorge on food to fight depression and anxiety would also require counselling for behavior modification.
Bring Illnesses Under Control
Bariatric surgery works in different ways depending on the procedure you undergo. However, once you lose weight, and maintain it; you will be delighted to find that blood pressure has stabilized, blood sugar levels have come under control, and weight is literally taken off your knees and feet.
Moving around will become easier, enabling you to walk around more, which in turn would help you keep physically fit, and prevent regaining weight. Remember, walking burns more calories than sprinting does.
Chores will no longer be a drag
Increased energy levels help you complete your tasks faster, and more cheerfully. If you had been active earlier, you can go back to participating in team games. You would certainly be able to begin exercising again, or doing yoga. When you set up a fitness regime, you could begin biking, jogging, swimming, or running to release more energy.
Improved Quality of Life
A little-known advantage of weight loss surgery is that as you get fitter, the quality of your personal and family life improves. You will be better able to participate in family functions and merriment. As you get healthy again, it has a direct impact on your mood, which in turn improves the quality of your relationships.
The more physically fit you get, the more it enhances your self-esteem. Improved self-image improves emotional and mental health, reducing or even eliminating depression.
Live Longer, Make Your Family Happier
Since weight loss after weight loss surgery is well sustained, your longevity increases. Also, multiple health issues get resolved, or are reduced radically as a side-effect of the weight loss. Risk of coronary diseases and peripheral cardiac issues are reduced, increasing life expectancy.
Hormonal Changes Keep the Kilos Off
Weight is better stabilized due to the hormonal changes which occur after weight loss surgery. These hormonal changes include reduced secretion of insulin — used to regulate sugar levels — and cortisol, the hormone which regulates our metabolism and immune response.
Look and Feel Better
Weight loss after bariatric surgery makes you look younger, and feel fitter. Shed your diffidence if you’ve been toying with the idea of undergoing weight loss surgery, and emerge as a more confident you, totally in control of your life.
Last updated on: April 7, 2018
Originally published at www.aimsindia.com on April 7, 2018.