The negative health effects of severe obesity are very well
known and have been thoroughly documented; yet obesity levels in the United States continue to remain stubbornly high.
Many of these repercussions are life threatening and include heart attack,
stroke, and a greatly increased chance of developing cancer. Because of this,
doctors recommend that obese individuals pursue a healthy weight as the best
means of avoiding these deadly conditions.
Unfortunately, for those who may
need to lose the dozens, or even hundreds, of pounds to achieve this goal, that
healthy weight can prove extremely allusive. Fortunately, highly trained
bariatric surgeons, like the experienced team at Beverly Hills Physicians, offer
effective solutions to address the many health issues associated with obesity.
Below are some of the conditions, once thought to be extremely difficult to
treat, that bariatric surgery can now readily address.
1) Respiratory issues and sleep apnea
The more overweight
one is, the harder the body has to work to maintain necessary functions. Obese
individuals experience labored breathing, even during non-vigorous activity,
which strains the heart and the lungs, increasing the risk of pulmonary and cardiac
issues. In addition, obesity is a known cause of sleep apnea which negatively
impacts needed rest and only adds to an already increased level of fatigue and
overall poor health that a severely obese person will experience.
2) Bladder control
Though less well known, urinary tract conditions, including
bladder related issues, are also negative impacts of obesity. Such issues
include nighttime urination, higher urinary frequency, incomplete bladder
emptying, and leakage. These conditions are caused by the metabolic problems
that are the result of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood
sugar. These issues, too, tend to improve when severe obesity is reversed via
weight loss surgery.
Obesity has long been known as a risk factor that
contributes toward the development of diabetes. What has recently come to
light, however, is medical research which indicates that bariatric surgery can
improve symptoms of type II diabetes, or even place the condition into
4) Significantly reduced lifespan
The ultimate result
of every health concern associated with severe obesity is a greatly reduced
life expectancy compared to an individual of a healthy weight. Men suffering
from severe obesity have a lifespan that is nearly ten years shorter. Further
still, that shorter life will likely be marred by illness and ailment as
individuals with severe obesity spend an average of 18.8 years debilitated by a
range of difficult issues. As the only proven treatment for severe obesity, successful
bariatric procedures appear quite likely to significantly increase both the
length and quality of a patient's life.
Though the challenges and health concerns facing those with
severe obesity are quite significant, procedures offered by bariatric centers
like Beverly Hills Physicians have been proven to be safe, effective, and able
to deliver consistent long term results. To help get their patients on the path
toward an improved quality of life, the respected and experienced team of
surgeons and specialists at BHP provide the full range of weight loss