Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) such as urinary frequency and urgency, bladder leakage, the need to urinate at night, and incomplete emptying of the bladder have long been associated with obesity; metabolic syndrome (a cluster of abnormalities including hypertension, high cholesterol, high blood glucose levels, and abdominal obesity) shows significant links to obesity as well. Two recent studies show that not only can weight loss improve metabolic syndrome and LUTS as expected, but that after bariatric surgery, before significant weight loss, they found a decrease in LUTS. Researchers attribute this to improved insulin resistance which is known to begin almost immediately after weight-loss surgery.
Research shows that weight-loss surgery leads to improvement or even resolution of a growing list of health problems commonly associated with obesity such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. One study found that at six weeks, a significant reduction in overall LUTS was noted, and this improvement was sustained at one year. Also, insulin sensitivity improved, indicating a lessening of patients’ risk for developing type II diabetes.
The investigators noted that they weren’t surprised that many symptoms and medical problems associated with obesity improved when weight loss occurred; they were surprised, however, that so many problems, including issues related to urinary function, improved so quickly after bariatric surgery, even before great weight loss had occurred.
Only you and your doctors can decide if bariatric surgery is right for you. If you have LUTS and/or metabolic syndrome, consider contacting Dr. Shawn Tsuda for a consultation. This could be your first step to a healthier you. Imagine feeling and looking better, improving lower urinary tract symptoms, being better able to have restful sleep, and vastly reducing your risks for heart disease and certain cancers among many other life-threatening conditions associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome.
Read more about these recent studies at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/16/us-metabolic-syndrome-urinary-tract-idUSKBN0JU23L20141216