According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, approximately 64 million adults in the United States are obese. Severe obesity is a chronic condition, and at times, can be difficult to treat using diet and exercise alone.
Obesity can increase a person's risk of developing a number of chronic illnesses:
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Heart disease and stroke
Some types of cancer
Irregular menstrual periods
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Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, can be an option for people who are severely obese and have repeatedly been unsuccessful losing weight through diet and exercise. It can also be considered for those who suffer from serious obesity-related health problems.
Bariatric surgery assists with weight loss by limiting the amount of food that can be eaten, and in some cases by interrupting the digestive process. While surgery is a key component, long-term success is achieved when surgery is combined with healthy eating habits and regular physical activity.
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Only your physician can determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. For those who qualify, the hospitals of Texas Health Resources offer professional nursing staff educated in bariatric patient care and weight loss support services.