Obviously, there are aesthetic benefits to weight loss surgery. You’ll develop a lower body fat percentage, your muscles will be more visible, clothes will fit better, and (for women) your curves will be more defined. However, the benefits of weight loss surgery go farther than skin-deep. Here are four major benefits to weight loss surgery that often surprise patients:
1. Your Brain Will Thank You
According to research reported in Time, obesity is harmful to every organ of the body, including your brain. Getting rid of excess fat leads to better brain function in patients. It’s proof that “a beautiful mind” is more than just an award-winning film. Who wouldn’t want a sharper thought-process?
Along with increased brain power comes a sharper memory. Weight loss surgery reduces your odds of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by an incredible 35 percent. This is a valuable benefit of weight loss surgery for those who have this condition in their family history.
Excess weight may lead to an increased risk of a number of diseases and disorders- diabetes being one of them. Type-2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in the U.S., and it’s no coincidence that obesity is also on the rise. Type-2 diabetes is also the leading cause of amputations and blindness in adults. Research shows that weight loss surgery not only may reduce or eliminate the need for medication to treat diabetes, but that diabetic individuals are often living in remission for 15+ years after weight loss surgery.
3. Women Minimize Their Cancer Risks
According to researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Britain, for every 10 pounds lost, obese women cut their odds of cancer by 62 percent. They also enjoy a lower risk of ovarian and breast cancer. It’s unclear why women in particular can benefit so much from losing extra weight, but it’s worth noting. Some cancers, including breast cancer, are very hard to identify early on. Making every effort to decrease overall risk factors is a good move.
4. An Improved Attitude
Post op, many patients feel accomplished and continue to lose weight, both of which can lead to an improved outlook on life. According to Everyday Health, people who are obese are 25 percent more likely to suffer from depression. Dropping the weight can increase self-esteem and physical mobility, which allows you to partake activities that bring joy with ease.
Bariatric surgery doesn’t just positively affect your physical health. It’s a whole-body approach to a healthier, happier life. Attend one of our FREE Seminars for in-depth information directly from our surgeons!