Obesity and its Comorbidities, Can These Improve With Weight Loss Surgery?

ComorbiditiesObesity and its Comorbidities, Can These Improve With Weight Loss Surgery?

Obesity #1 disease of our time

Obesity is one of the leading diseases of our time, the US reports to have nearly 35% of its adult population is obese, and also carries along many other conditions that are related almost directly to obesity. Comorbidities are defined as diseases that are the result of/or strongly related to an existing primary disease.

The number of comorbidities that result from obesity are many, that affect many organs and systems, such as:

  • Cardiovascular
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Hypertension
    • Hyperlipidemia
  • Pulmonary
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Pulmonary hypertension
    • Asthma
  • Endocrine
    • Insulin resistance
    • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • Abdominal hernia
  • Obstetric/Gynecologic
    • Infertility
  • Neurologic
    • Stroke
    • Depression
    • Anxiety

 

Many patients that undergo weight loss surgery have shown a tendency to decrease their risks of either further progress of their diseases or preventing to have any other. In most of our patients, they have referred that they stop taking medication to control their other conditions, mostly arterial hypertension and type 2 diabetes. They refer marked improvement in their quality of life and enjoy the benefits from having a good health.

 

Reference

http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/Obesity-Update-2014.pdf

http://obesitycoverage.com/insurance-and-costs/pre-approval-process/comorbidities

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/ccf/media/files/Bariatric_Surgery/rccoe.pdf


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