Study Showing Improved Kidney Function in Bariatric Patients Highlights the Benefits of Taking Action, says Dr. Feiz and Associates

Findings presented at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) annual conference suggest that early treatment might prevent chronic kidney disease.

Jul 18, 2013, 20:43 ET from Dr. Feiz & Associates

LOS ANGELES, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While many people are aware of the risk of stroke and heart attack related to obesity, far fewer are aware of the connection between severe obesity and kidney disease. Famed bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz would like the public to know that a new study suggests that this debilitating, painful, and ultimately deadly disease may be effectively prevented through gastric sleeve surgery and other weight loss treatments. This information was presented recently at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The data showed distinct improvements in kidney function for nearly all the patients. This means that, apart from the question of lap band surgery vs. gastric sleeve vs. gastric bypass, all bariatric surgeries can save countless kidneys and, therefore, many lives.

As is well known, obesity seriously increases the risk of both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.  Especially in combination, these two health problems can have severe effects on the kidneys, crucial parts of the body's urinary tract. Over the years, high blood pressure and diabetes can destroy kidney function to the point where the only solution is a transplant or the need for regular dialysis treatment, a difficult and time-consuming procedure with often devastating impacts on the quality and length of life. While it's no surprise that significant weight loss via a gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or banding can greatly reduce blood pressure and the high blood sugar associated with diabetes, the study indicated that the treatment appeared to have to potential to be highly effective for improving the condition dramatically.

The study's results got even more interesting in that the effects of bariatric surgery also seemed to improve the kidney function of patients with seemingly normal kidney function. It appears that a limited amount of kidney damage was taking place earlier than believed previously but that it can be remedied with effective action. It is becoming more and more apparent that obesity is much more dangerous than having weight loss surgery.

One of the most highly regarded of all bariatric practitioners, Dr. Michael Feiz would like to remind severely overweight patients and those close to them that obesity is a disease, but one that is now far more treatable than ever before. Bariatric procedures have been proven effective time and time again. While the decision to have this kind of procedure is never a small one, for patients who have tried time and time again to combat their weight problems without any lasting success, a bariatric procedure with a highly qualified physician is a solid path to a far healthier and happier life. To find out if you are a candidate for a bariatric procedure, please contact Dr. Feiz & Associates at or by phone at 310-817-6911 to inquire about a free educational seminar. The doctor and his compassionate and talented staff are looking forward to hearing from you.

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