According to a latest study, weight-loss surgery can cut the vulnerability to heart attack, type 2 diabetes and other health problems related to obesity. Study co-author and head of the Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery at University College London Hospital, Rachel Batterham said that bariatric surgery is risk free and gives unparalleled health advantages that are cost-saving and can alter the life of patients.
Batterham is also a professor at the Centre for Obesity Research at University College London in England.
In a news release from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, she said, “Unfortunately, less than 1 percent of the patients who could benefit from this surgery currently receive surgery. This represents a major missed opportunity in terms of improving health and economic savings. Action is now needed to remedy this situation”. The study is a result of a partnership between both the schools.
The British researchers said that the results are suggestive that making weight-loss surgery more broadly available may improve the health of quite obese people.
For over 3.5 years, the researchers reviewed medical records from more than 3,800 very obese people who had undergone weight-loss surgery. They carried out a comparison between these people and a control group of quite obese people who didn't have the operation.
Weight-loss surgery resulted into substantial weight loss. The researchers said that the procedure also improved and cut the risk of serious obesity-related health conditions.