Gastric Sleeve Can Increase Life Expectancy
By Fernando Garcia on May 24, 2015
Bariatric surgery helps patients drop weight through an improved diet and a better lifestyle. A combination of exercise and healthy eating results in lower blood pressure, decreased cancer risk, and can even alleviate issues with diabetes. These benefits are why so many patients visit Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez at their Tijuana practice to undergo gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy).
We'd like to consider how gastric sleeve and other weight loss surgery options can improve life expectancy while also boosting overall quality of life in the process.
Chance of Death from Obesity-Related Conditions Drops Dramatically
In a study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine, it was found that weight loss surgery could reduce the risk of a patient's death by 40% over a period of 7 years. This is a significant drop.
The study noted that fatal coronary artery disease was 56% less likely, death from diabetes or conditions related to diabetes was 92% less likely, and fatal cancer risk dropped by roughly 60%.
Additional Years of Life Are Added Thanks to Weight Loss Surgery
These reduced possibility of obesity-related illnesses/conditions is excellent, though the exact number of years that this adds to a person's life can vary.
Some computer models show that a 45-year-old woman who is morbidly obese can potentially add 3 years to her life thanks to successful gastric sleeve surgery. It was noted in such computer models that if the same hypothetical patient were to have bariatric surgery in her 30s rather than her 40s, she could potentially add 5 years of life. Acting sooner to improve your healthy is better than later.
Other factors that could affect life expectancy come into play, of course, but because of the improvement in the overall health of your lifestyle, it's not out of the question for a bariatric surgery patient to live longer.
Improved Quality of Life Thanks to Gastric Sleeve
Longevity isn't the only thing gained by weight loss surgery, however.
Patients who undergo a bariatric procedure are more likely to experience a better quality of life. By losing weight and making healthier choices, a patient is more likely to feel healthy and fulfilled for years to come. This includes fewer issues with blood pressure and breathing, reduced joint problems such as arthritis later in life, and a more positive outlook overall.
Is weight loss surgery the right option for me?
There are many different options out there for people who would like to lead healthier and more enriched lives. During your consultation at our practice, we will be more than happy to assess your candidacy for weight loss surgery and help you understand the benefits of each procedure. We will work with you so that you are able to make informed choices about your surgical weight loss needs.
Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
For more information about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you lead a more fulfilling life, it's important that you contact our weight loss surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez will work with you to ensure that you receive excellent medical treatment that helps you lose weight safely and quickly.