March 29, 2014
Study: Weight Loss Surgery Dramatically Reduces Heart Attack Risk By 50%

A new study has shown that weight loss surgery can dramatically cut the rate of heart attacks and death among obese men and women according to a report by

"Researchers in the United Kingdom found that gastric surgery reduced death rates by 40 percent and heart attacks by 50 percent in those who had the surgery compared to obese people who did not have surgery."

As previously reported by Inquistr, weight loss surgery has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of getting full-blown type 2 diabetes in patients with a pre-diabetic diagnosis. But this new weight loss study was the first of its kind to focus on ailments such as heart disease, stroke and even death in relation to surgery. Dr. Yoon Loke, the senior author behind the study said in a statement:

"We looked at the outcomes for patients who undergo bariatric surgery, and compared them to figures for obese people who had not received surgery. We saw that surgery was potentially life-saving and could lower the risk of having a heart attack and stroke by almost 50 percent."

According to HealthDay, the researchers focused on previous studies involving more than 29,000 patients who participated in weight-loss surgery. HealthDay reported that the new study showed, "a 40 percent reduction in death rates among patients who had the surgery, compared to those who didn't have the procedure."

Weight loss surgery is available for many obese men and women who struggle to shed pounds and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Generally speaking, doctors recommend a regimen of diet and exercise to help patients cope with weight loss and obesity, but in the cases where that regimen proves unsuccessful, weight loss surgery becomes a possible option.

Weight loss surgery however, does come with risks for those obese individuals who choose to go that route. According to a report by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, complications can include "infections, hernias, and blood clots." The web site also warns potential weight loss surgery patients that in addition to limiting the amount of food one can intake post-surgery, "many people who have the surgery lose weight quickly, but regain some weight later on."

However, with the right medical follow-up and the motivation to keep their new found slim appearance intact, many patients who opt for weight loss surgery do in fact keep the weight off. And now, thanks to this new study, those at great risk for heart attacks, strokes and death have even more reason to opt for weight loss surgery as well.