LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association's decision to recognize obesity as a disease rather than a condition was perhaps the biggest development in bariatric medicine over the past month. While this resolution has no immediate effect on insurance providers or treatments, the AMA hopes that the symbolic move will improve the health of the nation, specifically by reducing the impact of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Many physicians speculate, however, that declaring obesity as a disease will eventually create more research on bariatric procedures like gastric sleeve surgery and weight loss medications as well as encourage insurance providers to offer these procedures earlier. By offering weight loss procedures preventatively, these experts believe that insurance companies will save money in the long run due to reducing long-term costs associated with obesity-related conditions like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Having performed countless bariatric surgeries himself out of his Beverly Hills-based clinic, Michael Feiz, MD, FACS agrees that procedures like the FDA-approved lap band procedure offer improved health in the long run. Dr. Feiz' hope is that declarations like the AMA's will lead to greater lap band insurance coverage, reducing the financial burden on obese people who are looking for surgical weight loss assistance.
Recent studies have also reflected the potency of bariatric surgery for permanently improving health. At a symposium in Toronto called Frontiers in Diabetes Research, information was presented that explores new and prospective therapies for the elimination of diabetes. A professor from the Cincinnati Diabetes Obesity Center looked at the body's physical changes following a weight loss operation. Looking at these changes—including the reversal of Type 2 diabetes, improvement of glucose levels, hormone production levels, and more—these experts hope to find a treatment for obesity and diabetes that doesn't require surgical intervention. Dr. Feiz remains hopeful that these solutions will eventually be found. As a leader in bariatric and laparoscopic surgeries, Dr. Feiz has dedicated his career to exploring the least invasive methods for providing weight loss to those who desperately want it to improve their health and mental well-being. His practice in Beverly Hills keeps up to date on all the recent developments, even non-surgical ones, in the industry in order to provide the most comprehensive care possible. Dr. Feiz has found that utilizing these advances, including currently FDA-approved drugs like Qsymia and Belviq, allow for more choices to be explored so that his team can perfectly tailor their treatment methods for each patient.
For now, at least, weight loss surgery is the best hope for those looking for sustainable and effective treatment of obesity and related conditions. Dr. Feiz has seen that his procedures, including the lap band, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass, offer permanent weight loss, the remission of Type 2 diabetes, and many other benefits. Using an approach that stresses a strong bond between doctor and patient, Dr. Feiz offers the best bariatric aftercare in Southern California, which leads to more sustainable and effective weight loss results.
To learn more about Dr. Feiz' treatment methods and his experience, visit his website at www.drfeiz.com or call for a free consultation at 310-817-6911.
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