Lifestyle Improvements with Weight-loss Treatments and Bariatric Surgery

tsudaIf you find yourself among the nearly 70% of Americans over the age of 20 who are overweight or obese, educating yourself about the weight-loss treatment options available could be the first step to a healthier lifestyle. To know what treatment (or combination of treatments) will work best, start by determining your body mass index (BMI). The BMI is calculated from your height and weight ( ).

  • A person with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight
  • A person with a BMI of 30 or greater is considered to be obese

Based on your measurements and your medical history, Dr. Tsuda and his team can determine what combination of weight loss treatments would work best for you. Treatments may include changes in lifestyle, exercise, dieting and, in some cases, weight-loss medicines or weight-loss surgery.

Weight-loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, is reserved for people with severe obesity who have not responded to other weight-loss treatments. Weight-loss surgery is recommended for people with one of the following:

  • Severe obesity (body mass index above 40) who have not responded to diet, exercise, or weight-loss medicines
  • Body mass index between 35 and 40, along with a serious medical problem (including diabetes, severe joint pain, or sleep apnea) that would improve with weight loss

You should be sure that you understand the potential risks and benefits of weight-loss surgery. You must be motivated and willing to make lifelong changes in how you eat to reach and maintain a healthier weight after surgery. The goal of bariatric surgery is to reduce the risk of illness or death associated with obesity. Weight-loss surgery can also help you to feel and look better, reduce the amount of money you spend on medicines, and cut down on sick days. Weight-loss surgery can improve health problems related to obesity (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea) to the point that you need less or no medicine at all. Finally, weight loss surgery might reduce your risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and certain infections.

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