In the article I’ve referenced below, the author states that weight loss does not help reduce heart diesease in obese patients with type II diabetes.
“An intensive lifestyle intervention focusing on weight loss did not reduce the rate of cardiovascular events in overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes, according to final results of the randomized controlled Look AHEAD trial.”
If you read further in the article, you will notice that patients in the study, all of whom underwent extensive lifestyle modification, had a 6% excess weight loss at 10 years. For a patient that is 200 lbs overweight, that’s a weight reduction of 12 pounds. Seriously? Our bariatric patients lose an average of 50-85% excess weight (100% in a select few) after surgery, and most of them have full resolution, or at least significant improvement, of diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and, yes, heart disease.
We have known since the NIH studies of the early 1990’s that lifestyle modification alone is not successful when it comes to long term weight loss, so why should we think that medical problems associated with weight would be resolved through those tactics?
Only bariatric surgery has been shown to help patients achieve sustained, long-term weight loss and resolution of co-morbid conditions. The type of article that I have shared below, only serves to perpetuate the belief that weight is a non-treatable disease, and that medical problems, like diabetes and heart disease are not winable battles.
On the contrary, with dedication, motivation, meticulous surgical technique, and long-term follow-up with a Center of Excellence Bariatric team, we can attain succesful weight loss, resolution of numerous medical problems, and increase our national life expectancy. Let’s work together to beat these diseases!