New Studies Underline Likely Health Benefits of Bariatric Medicines for Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Diabetic Kidney Disease

As the work of Dr. Feiz and Associates continues to break new ground, studies presented at medical conferences bolster the efficacy of bariatric procedures

Jul 10, 2012, 16:12 ET from Dr. Feiz & Associates

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As a pioneer in leading edge and less invasive bariatric techniques such as sleeve gastrectomy, Dr. Michael Feiz has been championing the benefits of weight loss surgery throughout his career. Now, a series of studies being presented at medical conferences in California and Texas are suggesting that the reasons for obtaining the surgery may go well beyond simply reducing the size of a patient's waistline.

Specifically, one study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery led by Stanford researcher and bariatric surgeon, John Morton, M.D., suggests that patients' heart attack risk factors can be cut over the long term. Specifically, subjects experienced significant drops in overall cholesterol and a corresponding increase in "good" HDL cholesterol and a decrease in "bad" LDL cholesterol for a period up to seven years, a significantly longer time than had been covered by previous studies.

Another remarkable study presented at the same event indicated that bariatric procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy surgery, as well as the more invasive gastric bypass, could help or even end diabetic kidney disease. Less unexpected, but no less significant, a study presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Houston appears to show that Type 2 diabetes may frequently be reversed following bariatric interventions, particularly if the illness has been present for less than a decade. The conclusion went on to specifically suggest that such less invasive procedures as the gastric sleeve might be indicated at an earlier stage than was previously suggested for some patients with the all-too common, but potentially debilitating and life-threatening, condition.

While a lower calorie diet and vigorous exercise remains by far the preferred means of weight loss for overweight and obese patients, these studies nevertheless suggest the growing acceptance of bariatric surgery both in the medical community and with society at large. Morbid obesity in particular remains an extremely difficult condition for many patients to fight on their own. Quite a few patients struggle for years or decades with potential harmful "yo-yo" diets, only to turn to bariatric remedies when all other paths have seemingly been exhausted.

Dr. Feiz's many grateful patients will attest to the post-surgical improvements in their own health as well as their quality of life. Moreover, as a major proponent of safer and less invasive techniques, Dr. Feiz is seeing outstanding results in a significant majority of patients and currently boasts a zero mortality rate. If you have struggled for years with morbid obesity, now may be the time to investigate the increasing number of bariatric procedures that are available. 

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