Weight Loss Surgery Lowers Death Rate

Posted: Jun 3 2016, 8:37am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 3 2016, 10:46pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Weight Loss Surgery Lowers Death Rate
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  • Weight Loss Surgery wards off Chances of contracting Cardiac Disease and Cancer

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The latest research proves that weight loss surgery wards off chances of contracting cardiac disease and cancer.

Obese people who have undergone weight loss surgery tend to survive the half decade after the operation easily. They are not prone to such side effects of obesity as cancer and heart disease.

The study revealed these statistics. Simply being obese could lead to cardiac arrest, various cancers and the risk of stroke. Science now shows us that weight loss surgery decreases the chances of contracting these diseases. Gastric bypass surgery lowers the total mortality rates of these patients.

There has been a dearth of serious research on the matter in the past. Yet now the evidence is in. Researchers compared those obese patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery with those who had not gone under the knife.

All in all, 49,000 individuals who were obese were involved in the study. Those who had not had a gastric bypass were more likely to die within the next few years due to obesity-related causes.

The Swedish Patient Registry was employed as a database for the study. All patients who were obese and had visited the hospitals from 2000 to 2011 were included and got studied.

There were 48,693 patients who were 18 to 74 years of age. Of these 22,581 patients went under the surgeon’s scalpel. 92.8% of them had a gastric bypass, DailyMail reported.

They also underwent bariatric surgery to end their obesity once and for all. About 26,112 patients did not undergo any surgery whatsoever. Mortality rates were higher in the latter group than in the former.

Whereas the latter had 7.7 deaths per 1000 people each year, the former had only 2.1 deaths per 1000 people each year. The difference is very prominent and of key significance.

The patients who underwent surgery were followed up for more than half a decade after the procedure was over. This lent an analytical view into how they fared after the process of gastric bypass.

Mortality was slashed by 57% in the group that underwent surgery. All other factors were adjusted for yet this dip in deaths was noticeable among the patients who had undergone gastric bypass surgery.

Those who had postponed any surgery had higher chances of contracting CV disease and cancer. In those who had undergone surgery, accidents and suicide were the common causes of mortality instead of CV disease or cancer.

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