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How Bariatric Surgery Actually Resolves Related Co-morbidities

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  • A big reason why you should consider bariatric surgery is the fact that gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and other weight loss surgeries help resolve numerous comorbidities of obesity.
  • Obesity is associated with type-2 diabetes, hypertension, pre-diabetes, sleep apnea, stroke, dyslipidemia (high cholesterol) and cardiovascular diseases.1
  • Bariatric surgery has proven to reduce such co-morbidities.2
  • As you lose more weight, you will be able to decrease the dosage or completely do away with the need for some of the medications you take for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, etc.
  • To be able to use the tool of bariatric surgery efficiently, it is important to exercise regularly and eat right. Over time, weight loss is generally accompanied by better health.

Obesity Comorbidities

A study by Paul M. Coen and colleagues has proved that exercising after bariatric surgery is crucial because it improves insulin sensitivity and the health of the heart and lungs. This can eventually improve one’s diabetic condition.3

Co-morbidity Resolution after Weight Loss Surgery

Type-2 Diabetes

Different weight loss surgeries impact the body in a different manner. A study conducted with 135,000 people concluded that the chance of resolution of Type-2 diabetes is approximately 80% in case of people who underwent the Gastric Sleeve surgery or Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB).

This number decreased to 57% in the case of people with the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB).4

5 weeks post-op and I am two pant sizes down! I am off all my diabetic meds. My focus is on being healthy! – Tonja M (A Mexico Bariatric Services client)

Chances of Resolution of Diabetes

Cardiovascular Health

A Chinese study conducted in 2017 successfully came to the conclusion that bariatric surgery, particularly Gastric Bypass surgery improves the patient’s cardiovascular health.

This combination can be fatal in the case of obese patients. ‘Cardiovascular health’ includes risk factors like hypertension and hyperglycemia.

With the help of bariatric surgery, even morbidly obese people can reduce weight. This reduction in weight leads to improvements in glucose, lipid profile and insulin readings which ultimately decreases all cardiovascular risks.5

All my pills are gone. My cardiologist said my heart is stronger than ever and I feel healthy, energetic and super grateful! – Jennifer G. (A Mexico Bariatric Services Client)

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is often experienced by obese people. People with sleep apnea experience long periods of decreased airflow in the respiratory system.

A related health hazard is premature, sudden death from cardiac causes.

Bariatric surgery is known to improve sleep apnea. This improvement can be witnessed in the first 3-6 months.6

Now, my health is great. No more diabetes, I no longer have high triglycerides/cholesterol, no acid reflux, and reduced hypertension! I’m feeling great and focusing on building muscle and maintaining my weight! – Melonie F (A Mexico Bariatric Services client).

High Cholesterol (Dyslipidemia)

Different bariatric surgeries have had varying effects on the lipid profile. In the case of gastric bypass surgery, there is a reduction in plasma lipids [TC (Total Cholesterol) and LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein)].

In case of Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) was affected positively .7

It should be noted that LDL is the bad cholesterol and HDL is the good cholesterol.


  1. Pantalone, Kevin M et al. “Prevalence and Recognition of Obesity and Its Associated Comorbidities: Cross-Sectional Analysis of Electronic Health Record Data from a Large US Integrated Health System.” BMJ Open 7.11 (2017): e017583. PMC. Web. 19 June 2018.
  2. Courcoulas, Anita P. et al. “Long-Term Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery: A National Institutes of Health Symposium.” JAMA surgery 149.12 (2014): 1323–1329. PMC. Web. 19 June 2018.
  3. Paul M. Coen, Charles J. Tanner, et al. “Clinical trial demonstrates exercise following bariatric surgery improves insulin sensitivityThe Journal of Clinical Investigation 2015;125(1):248-257 25 June 2018.
  4. Buchwald H, Estok R, Fahrbach K, et al. “Weight and type 2 diabetes after bariatric surgery: systematic review and meta-analysis.” Am J Med. 2009;122(3):248–256. 21 June 2018.
  5. Zhao, Xue et al. “Decreased Cardiovascular Risk after Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery in Chinese Diabetic Patients with Obesity.Journal of Diabetes Research 2017 (2017): 5612049. PMC. Web. 21 June 2018.
  6. Priyadarshini, Pratyusha et al. “Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea–hypopnea Syndrome in Morbidly Obese Patients.” Journal of Minimal Access Surgery 13.4 (2017): 291–295. PMC. Web. 21 June 2018.
  7. Spivak H, Sakran N et al. “Different Effects of Bariatric Surgical Procedures on Dyslipidemia: A Registry-Based AnalysisSurgery for Obesity and Related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery 13.7 (2017): 1189-1194. PMC 22 June 2018.

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Updated on December 1, 2018

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