From 1990 to 2010, the obesity rate in America has double in some states and tripled in others. The consequences are wider than our waistlines: soaring rates of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes (the leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness and amputation).
The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed a government report recommending that children begin screening for high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes by age 9. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 70% of obese 5-17 year olds had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
The New England Journal of Medicine has reported that the next generation of children is set to become the first since the Great Depression to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
Metabolic Surgery for Diabetes
Just his week the York Times reported on studies recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, "Surgery on Diabetics May Be Better Than Standard Treatment". Bariatric surgeons have known for some time that so-called weight-loss surgeries, including gastric bypass, have the added benefit of improving and even resolving type 2 diabetes.
The NEJM studies are significant because they are the first ever to assess the metabolic surgery effect relative to a control group treated with the traditional diet, exercise and medication prescription. The results show significant support for the passionately espoused position of none other than America's Doctor himself, Dr. Oz, who can be seen recommending gastric bypass surgery in both Prevention Magazine sand USA Today.
Dr. Oz calls the gastric bypass procedure essential in the fight against obesity. "Most would not hesitate to operate for a cancer", he points out. A 50-year-old with a BMI of 40 or higher (the medical definition of obesity) has the same mortality rate as a cancer patient.
For Boomer's Abroad Community members: find out if you're a candidate for metabolic surgery, and get information about the cost and how the medical travel process works by filing out the Boomer's Abroad inquiry form here.
Be sure to check out the second infographic of the series!
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- Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery Alternatives
- The Noninvasive Solution to Weight and Diabetes Management
- Young, Obese and Getting Weight-Loss Surgery
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