Bariatric surgery is known to help obese people finally lose weight and get their health back in order. For those that have had it, it proved to be a real life-changer. At this point, everybody knows that it is a surgery that makes the stomach much smaller and will help people lose a lot of weight very quickly.
People who are thinking about getting it often have a lot of questions, though. For instance, you may wonder “how much should I be eating 5 months post op gastric sleeve?”. You may also be asking yourself if there are other benefits besides weight loss. In this article, we will go over several of the benefits that you’ll get when you have the surgery besides just losing weight.
1 – Lowers the risk of diabetes
Patients who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes often see long-term remission from the disease after the massive weight loss. In fact, candidates for the surgery have to either already have diseases like diabetes or are at high risk of getting it to even qualify.
After the weight loss, diabetes either goes away or at least becomes more manageable. Many patients report that they are able to stop using insulin to treat their type 2 diabetes. As long as the weight stays off then this should still be the case for most people.
2 – Improved heart health
Obesity puts a massive strain on the heart. High blood pressure and stroke are very common risks that obese people have before surgery. There are also problems with cholesterol and blocked arteries.
Weight loss will help to prevent death from these cardiovascular diseases and the diet will also promote much better heart health in general. Since you are very limited by what you can and can’t eat, you will see big improvements in your bloodwork.
3 – No sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a huge problem for obese people and can cut a person’s life short by years. It brings all kinds of other serious diseases along with it so eliminating it will improve your overall health as well as improve your sleep.
Most obese people that have gotten the surgery report that within a year they can remove their CPAP machines and sleep unassisted for the first time in years. Improved sleep also improves things like mental health and allows people to deal better with stressful situations.
4 – Improve fertility
Obesity has a huge impact on reproductive health and hormones in general. This means that many obese women have fertility issues and trouble getting pregnant. In fact, many women that are very overweight and with a BMI over 30 often don’t menstruate and haven’t in years.
After the surgery, when they achieve a healthy weight, they are often able to finally get pregnant again. There is even a much higher risk of miscarriage when an obese person gets pregnant. That risk is reduced greatly when the weight comes off after surgery.