Bariatric Surgery Lowers Death Rate in Obese Patients

Obese patients who undergo bariatric surgery are less likely to die than obese patients who only receive counseling and dietary changes.

Israeli researchers conducted an observational study of more than 33,000 obese people. The rate of death was significantly lower for those who underwent bariatric surgery compared to those who didn’t have the surgery, researchers reported in JAMA. The results include the 3 main types of bariatric surgery — laparoscopic banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

The mortality rate over about 4.5 years was 1.3% among surgical patients compared with 2.3% among nonsurgical patients.

A separate study in the same issue of JAMA found that obese adults with type 2 diabetes who underwent gastric bypass surgery continued to show improvements in blood sugar control, blood pressure and cholesterol, though the improvements appeared to decrease over time.

Did you find this article helpful?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest News

More Drugs Linked to Heart Failure

More Drugs Linked to Heart Failure

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a disease of the lungs that can cause heart failure and death, and it’s being linked to an increasing number of common and oft-prescribed drugs. The journal Prescrire, reports that, as of 2020, amphetamines, immunosuppressants, certain cancer medications, and a handful of other select medications have been…

Significant Side Effects Seen in Early Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine

Significant Side Effects Seen in Early Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine

There’s a COVID-19 vaccine on the way — or so the Wednesday headlines, which heralded positive results from Pfizer and BioNTech’s early-stage trial of a vaccine for COVID-19, would lead you to believe. A closer look at the data, and the adverse effects, however, reveals that it’s probably too early…

  • Advertisement