Obesity is frequently accompanied by other health conditions we call co-morbidities. Often times, these conditions are caused by the excess weight. In other cases, the excess weight is a symptom of these conditions. Regardless, weight loss surgery can help minimize or eliminate other health conditions you may be suffering from.
Type 2 diabetes is the type that develops later in life (Type 1 diabetes is the one you are born with). Although it can occur for a variety of reasons, some unknown, several cases are due to excess weight. The diabetes can often be managed through medication or insulin injections as well as a low-carb diet and active lifestyle. When unmanaged, it can be fatal. If any of these treatments are not available or feasible for you, or you would prefer to get rid of the diabetes instead of just managing it, weight loss surgery is an option.
High Blood Pressure
Similar to diabetes, high blood pressure can occur for a variety of reasons. It is well known to have a genetic factor, so if someone in your family has had it, you are more likely to have it as well. It can also be caused by some medications, such as birth control pills, anxiety disorders, or a high BMI. Diet and medication can help lower blood pressure but if you don’t, it could lead to heart disease and death. Although you can’t control your family history, you can control other contributing factors. Weight loss surgery may be the answer for your high BMI.
Sleep apnea is when you continually start and stop breathing while asleep. If you snore loudly, don’t sleep well, or often feel tired after getting what you thought was a good night’s rest, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. If not taken seriously, it can lead to death due to the lack of breathing. A CPAP machine is often used to reduce the effects of sleep apnea but if your condition is caused by your weight, you might want to consider weight loss surgery as a more permanent solution.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age. It can cause acne, facial hair, menstrual irregularity, infertility, and obesity. Many treatments are available to manage the symptoms. These include birth control pills for regulating the menstrual cycle, metformin to prevent diabetes, statins to control high cholesterol, hormones to increase fertility, and procedures to remove excess hair. PCOS is not widely understood, so a true cure is not yet available. However, managing the symptoms can help women lead a more normal life. This can include weight loss surgery for obesity.
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