Weight Loss Surgery May Lengthen Lives While Good Weight Loss Programs Are Hard To Find Online

Weight loss is often a difficult process for many people. After years of trying, most will never succeed at losing the weight they want and keeping it off for good. There are many ways to lose weight, and one option that dieters may want to consider if they have tried everything else is weight loss surgery. Surgery may not only help patients lose the weight for good, they may even live longer.

WebMD reported that weight loss surgery may actually prolong lives. A new study suggests that middle-aged and older people may actually benefit from the surgery. So for those who are considering it and wonder whether or not it is worth the risk, this is good news.

The same cannot be said for those under 35 though. For those under 35, there was an increase in the number of externally caused deaths that included suicide, assault, and accidental injuries. Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Dr. Daniel Schauer said that patients under 35 would need counseling, particularly women since they are at a greater risk.

"Younger patients, especially females, should be counseled on the risk of suicide and accidental death following bariatric surgery."

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, another option is weight loss drugs. Before using these drugs, though, dieters will want to consider both the pros and cons of using them. One study said that chewing food more was a simple and free way for dieters to lose more weight, and it was one of the most overlooked dieting tips. With over one-third of Americans who are obese, it's important to carefully weigh all options before considering a course of action in order to see weight loss results.

Eureka Alert reported that reliable weight loss programs for those who are critically obese are often hard to find. This was based on study published by John Hopkins.

An assistant professor of medicine and a weight loss specialist at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Kimberly Gudzune, M.D., M.P.H, said that these programs need more oversight.

"There is very little oversight, and it's hard for consumers and medical professionals alike to tell what is effective, reliable and meets guidelines' standards."

The results of the weight loss study were published in Obesity. The conclusions of the study were that doctors and patients who relied on the internet to find the right weight loss programs rarely found programs that met the widely accepted guidelines of the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the Obesity Society (TOS).

Investigators looked at over 200 weight loss programs at primary care clinics that were part of a primary care network within 17 miles of Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. While some of the programs were supervised by physicians, some of the programs were part of national chains like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. A few were associated with bariatric surgery programs and some were independently operated.

The investigators reviewed the websites of all the programs they chose. What they found was that about only 9 percent of the websites actually adhered to the standards set out by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and the Obesity Society. About 75 percent of the programs described changes in diet as part of their weight loss programs. Little information was given on what these dietary changes involved, leaving dieters with little information to make these changes.

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