5 Myth and Facts of Weight loss surgery

What is Obe­si­ty?

Obe­si­ty is a con­di­tion where a per­son has accu­mu­lat­ed so much body fat that it might have a neg­a­tive effect on their health.k26075593 If a person’s body­weight is at least 20% high­er than it should be, he or she is con­sid­ered obe­se. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are con­sid­ered over­weight. If your BMI is 30 or over you are con­sid­ered obe­se.

What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

The body mass index (BMI) is a sta­tis­ti­cal mea­sure­ment derived from your height and weight. Although it is con­sid­ered to be a use­ful way to esti­mate healthy body weight, it does not mea­sure the per­cent­age of body fat. The BMI mea­sure­ment can some­times be mis­lead­ing — a mus­cle­man may have a high BMI but have much less fat than an unfit per­son whose BMI is low­er. How­ev­er, in gen­er­al, the BMI mea­sure­ment can be a use­ful indi­ca­tor for the ‘aver­age per­son’.

Prob­lems relat­ed to over­weight: Few prob­lems which comes along with over­weight are

  1. High Blood Pres­sure: High blood pres­sure is linked to over­weight and obe­si­ty in sev­er­al ways. Hav­ing a large body size may increase blood pres­sure because your heart needs to pump hard­er to sup­ply blood to all your cells.

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  2. Heart Dis­ease: Peo­ple who are over­weight or obe­se often have health prob­lems that may increase the risk for heart dis­ease. The­se health prob­lems include high blood pres­sure, high cho­les­terol, and high blood sug­ar. In addi­tion, excess weight may cause changes to your heart that make it work hard­er to send blood to all the cells in your body.

  3. Stroke: Over­weight and obe­si­ty are known to increase blood pres­sure. High blood pres­sure is the lead­ing cause of strokes. Excess weight also increas­es your chances of devel­op­ing oth­er prob­lems linked to strokes, includ­ing high cho­les­terol, high blood sug­ar, and heart dis­ease.

What is Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery): It includes a vari­ety of pro­ce­dures per­formed on peo­ple who have obe­si­ty.bariatric-surgery-source_final_72 Weight loss is achieved by reduc­ing the size of the stom­ach with a gas­tric band or through removal of a por­tion of the stom­ach (sleeve gas­trec­to­my or bil­iopan­cre­at­ic diver­sion with duo­de­nal switch) or by resect­ing and re-rout­ing the small intestine to a small stom­ach pouch (gas­tric bypass surgery).

Long-term stud­ies show the pro­ce­dures cause sig­nif­i­cant long-term loss of weight, recov­ery from dia­betes, improve­ment in car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk fac­tors, and a reduc­tion in mor­tal­i­ty of 23% from 40%

Myths & Facts relat­ed to  Bariatric surgery:

  1. Myth : Bariatric Surgery is removal of fat from the body.Fact : Not a sin­gle gram of fat is removed or lipo­suc­tion is done in bariatric surgery. It is based on the prin­ci­ple of restric­tion of food & less absorp­tion of food.facts-and-myths
  2. Myth : Bariatric Surgery is a cos­met­ic surgery.Fact : This surgery not only reduces your over weight but also helps in the res­o­lu­tion of your comor­bidi­ties like Type II Dia­betes Mel­li­tus, High Cho­les­terol, Snor­ing, Sleep Apnea, Joint Pain, PCOD & Fat­ty Liv­er Dis­ease. So, this is not a cos­met­ic but a life sav­ing surgery.
  3. Myth : Peo­ple who don’t eat much can not gain weight.Fact : Some­time obe­si­ty is genet­i­cal­ly relat­ed or over pro­duc­tion of hunger hor­mones or slow meta­bol­ic rate of the body. An obe­si­ty prone per­son even eat less can gain weight for such peo­ple bariatric surgery is boon.
  4. Myth : You can eat very lit­tle after surgery.Fact : Bariatric surgery allows to eat food accord­ing to your ide­al body weight.
  5. Myth : Weight­loss surgery (Bariatric Surgery) is a new surgery.Fact : It is a very old surgery. The first bariatric surgery was done in the year 1966. In India it is being done for more than a decade with fig­ures as high as 15000 cas­es per year.

In India if yo want to go for this Bariatric Surgery Mani­pal Hos­pi­tal is one of the best to reach out for Online Appoin­ments here and read more about it Here.

This arti­cles are not a sub­sti­tute for med­ical advice, and are not intend­ed to treat or cure any dis­ease. Advances in med­i­cine may cause this infor­ma­tion to become out­dat­ed, invalid, or sub­ject to debate. Pro­fes­sion­al opin­ions and inter­pre­ta­tions of sci­en­tific lit­er­a­ture may vary. Con­sult your health­care pro­fes­sion­al before mak­ing changes to your diet, exer­cise, or med­ica­tion reg­i­men.

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  1. I wor­ry that I am edg­ing closer and closer to this option as the years go by… crossed BMI of 30 ages ago and well… its a mat­ter of time before the side effects of that real­ly kick in prop­er­ly 🙁

  2. Very use­ful post indeed. Thanks for shar­ing. I sec­ond the opin­ion of Alok Ji that it’s bet­ter to stay healthy in the first place and main­tain a good lifestyle. All things said and done, since I am falling into the trap of obe­si­ty, I have to do some­thing in this regard for myself as soon as pos­si­ble.

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