University of Cincinnati researchers found that gastric bypass surgery increases average life expectancy of the morbidly obese by 3 years.
Researchers led by Daniel Schauer, an assistant professor of medicine at UC, found the surgery added three years to the life expectancy of the average morbidly obese gastric bypass patient - a 42-year-old woman with a body mass index (BMI) of 45.
The efficacy of surgery in reducing mortality was less important for older men, the analysis also showed. A 75-year-man with a BMI of 35 could expect only a very slight gain in life span -- perhaps one or two months.
"Younger patients have lower surgical risk and more time over which to realize the benefits of surgery. For older patients, the gain is smaller, and for some, gastric bypass surgery will decrease life expectancy," Schauer and colleagues wrote.
Mind you, surgical teams that do a lot of these procedures probably do so at lower risk. Since some people die due to complications of the surgery one needs to weigh the risks against the potential benefits.
Jan 18, 2010 – Recent research shows surgical weight loss procedures like gastric banding and gastric bypass can help more type 2 diabetics manage, and potentially cure, their disease. In a study reviewed by the Diabetes Surgery Summit Consensus Conference, weight loss surgery was shown to help type 2 diabetics with a body mass index, also called BMI, of 30 or more control their disease. Surgery was previously recommended as an option to treat only those with a BMI of 35 or higher. The summit revised its recommendations for surgical treatment to include suitable candidates with a BMI between 30 and 35.
Gastric bypass cures type 2 diabetes in many overweight patients.
An Australian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2008 found that 73 percent of type 2 diabetics with BMIs between 30 and 40 were cured of the disease after receiving an adjustable gastric band. Just 13 percent of patients in the study achieved the same result with conventional therapies.
We really need safer ways to control appetite and weight.
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