OBESITY AND WOMEN: IS BARIATRIC SURGERY AN ANSWER?
Updated: May 5
Let’s find out!
Every girl dreams of THAT perfect figure and makes head turn with those dream curves. But question is that how to achieve it; an unhealthy way to losing weight isn’t beneficial for you in the short and long run. Slimming methods like drastic dieting and intense physical activity can be risky to your health. The best way is to take expert’s advice as they know how to prioritize your health. Dr. Mradul Garg is sharing information about bariatric surgery, how is the best way to shed the excess weight that your body is carrying while talking about the health problems associated with obesity.
How obesity impacts life of women?
Obesity has the negative impact on the health of women in many ways. Being overweight increases your risk of diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease in women. Women who are obese have a higher risk of low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, cancer. It negatively affects both contraception and fertility as well. It has become a number one cause of a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. Let’s discuss them in brief:
Loss of confidence & social stigma– if you are obese, you will definitely agree with to this point. When you put on weight, you don’t feel good about yourself, your confidence become to lose, you feel shy going outside and meeting new people which leads to stress and depression. When you get depressed, you indulge in binge eating which further again add into your weight.
Obesity and PCOS– Obesity brings along hormonal disorders in women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS produce too much insulin or the insulin they produce does not work as it should. The inability of insulin to function normally is one reason why women with PCOS tend to gain weight or have a hard time losing weight. For others, PCOS develops later on, following substantial weight gain. What is clear is that women affected by obesity have a greater risk for PCOS and women with PCOS have a greater risk for obesity.
Obesity and infertility: When your body mass index (BMI) goes past the overweight category (BMI of 25–29.9) into the obese category (BMI of 30 and above), hormonal changes may occur in your body. When your levels of natural hormones change, your chances of conception decrease. So to become pregnant, you need to lose weight, as you lose weight, the hormonal imbalances and other effects of obesity began to decrease which will help you in achieving healthy pregnancy.
Osteoarthritis: Excessive weight can put stress on joints and promote the cartilage damage that often leads to osteoarthritis. Every pound of excess weight adds four pounds of pressure on the knees.
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is a treatment option available in severe obesity which helps to reduce weight by reducing the size of the stomach or by bypassing the small portion of the intestine. This procedure helps to lose weight for long term. Doctors recommend weight loss surgery to patients with BMI more than 40 or 35 with various health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea.
Different types of bariatric surgery:
Bariatric surgery is a minimally invasive procedure which leads to early recovery, shorter hospital stay and less pain. The most common bariatric surgery procedures are sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass either roux eny or mini gastric, duodenal switch. Patient will start losing weight gradually after the procedure.
How weight loss surgery works?
Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery is a minimally invasive procedure which works by changing the bio logistics of your stomach and intestine. After surgery the biophsiology of patient improves and patient feel satiety early and the absorption of food is modified, that’s exactly what weight loss surgery does and helps people to lose weight & treat comorbities. Lifestyle modifications are very important to achieve optimum results.
Dr. Mradul Garg said “Bariatric surgery is recommended for patients who have BMI of 32.5 and above. Weight loss surgery is completely safe if performed by experienced team of doctors and in state of art facility.” He further added that Bariatric surgery ensures better quality of life and improved health by helping you reduce weight over the period of time. Most important it helps in curing associated comorbidities such as relief from Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, arthritis, sleep apnea, infertility etc.