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When Anti-Obesity Medications Are Not Enough, Consider Bariatric Surgery

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Obesity is a chronic condition that impacts millions of people worldwide. It can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. While lifestyle changes and anti-obesity medications can help some people lose weight, they may not be enough for those who have severe obesity or obesity-related medical conditions.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a term that describes different types of procedures that reduce the size or function of your stomach, such as gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy which are the most common. These procedures can help people lose weight by limiting the amount of food they can eat, altering the hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism, or both.

Also called weight loss surgery, bariatric surgery can improve or put into remission some obesity-related conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix or a magic solution. It requires a lifelong commitment to follow a healthy diet, participate in physical activities and take vitamin and mineral supplements. It's evident that patients who undergo bariatric surgery are dedicated, motivated individuals who are serious about making a positive change in their lives. They are an inspiration.

Reaching Your Highest Health Potential

Bariatric surgery can be a life-changing and life-saving option for people who struggle with obesity and its consequences. At the end of the day, losing weight is about reaching your highest health potential so you can live a life you love. Think of weight loss surgery as a long-term solution for your whole health, rather than a short-term quick fix.

A thorough medical evaluation by a bariatric surgeon can help to determine the best procedure for your specific health conditions. If you are interested in learning more about bariatric surgery, talk to your doctor or visit AdventHealthWeightLoss.com.

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