Understanding and living with obesity

weight loss surgeryWhen the efforts to lose weight haven’t brought the results one wanted and/or when coexisting medical conditions make it crucial for one to lose weight, treatment by a doctor may be necessary. Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery in New Jersey is a major operation as it changes the way the body digests food. For those with obesity-related health problems prescription medication may be necessary.

In an attempt to lose weight, many people take over-the-counter supplements. Nevertheless, behavioural weight-loss measures are an important part of any weight-loss program to ensure long-term success. A therapist may also prescribe medication for obesity-associated eating disorders as required.

Accurate treatment for obesity will be ascertained based on:

  • The age, medical history and overall health
  • Scope of the condition
  • The tolerance for precise medications, therapies procedures
  •  Anticipation for the course of the condition
  • The preference or opinion

If one has tried other methods to lose weight but remain severely obese or for people who have a serious disease caused or made worse by obesity, bariatric surgery may be appropriate.

The doctor might suggest bariatric surgery if one is:

  • Persistently obese, with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or
  • Have a medical condition such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea and have a BMI between 30 and 35.

Though not for everyone, prescription medications can be helpful. Weight-loss drugs are generally recommended according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), only if:

  • One has a body mass index  (BMI) of 30 or higher
  • Have conditions caused or made worse by obesity, such as high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, meaning abnormal amounts of fat in the blood; type 2 diabetes or if the BMI is 27 or more.

Weight-loss medications may not be allowed for people with certain chronic health conditions or who are taking specific medications for any of these conditions:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Glaucoma
  • Depression
  • Migraine headaches
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Have abused alcohol or drugs
  • Bulimia
  • Anorexia

With regular physical activity and a healthy eating program, medications to help weight loss must be used in combination. A person on an average loses more than 10 pounds more using weight loss drugs than with non-drug procedures. After starting a medication, the greatest amount of weight loss usually occurs within the first six months. Weight tends to level off or increase, after six months. After stopping weight loss medications, maintaining weight can be easier said than done. Lipase inhibitors and supplements include medications available for weight loss.

Does one know that 80-90% of Type II Diabetes has been cured by bariatric surgery? It is so much more than just a surgery that helps patients lose weight. Bariatric surgery or commonly referred to a “weight loss surgery”, can reduce or eliminate many other critical illnesses that impede the ability to fully enjoy life.

In the United States, diseases due to obesity are the top causes of death.