How weight loss surgery improves overall health

Sleep problems, digestive issues and high blood pressure and other conditions can be eased.

By: Sanford Health News .

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It’s obvious that weight loss reduces your number on the scale, but it also often leads to additional health improvements. The weight loss team at Sanford Health focuses on helping patients seize as many of these health benefits from weight loss surgery as possible.

Sanford Health’s proven excellence in weight loss surgery led to 83 percent of patients seeing a reduction in one or more of their other health problems one-year post surgery. Here is a list of health conditions that can improve with weight loss.

Sleep apnea

About 46 percent of Sanford Health weight loss patients with sleep apnea saw it clear up one year after their procedure. Being able to get a full night’s sleep helps eliminate many troublesome sleep disorder symptoms like morning headaches, dry mouth, irritability, daytime sleepiness, snoring and insomnia.

Reflux disease

Another medical benefit of weight loss surgery can be less irritation from reflux disease. Among patients with symptoms like heartburn and acid indigestion, 73 percent of Sanford Health weight loss surgery patients had the symptoms clear up.

High blood pressure or high cholesterol

One year after weight loss surgery, 65 percent of Sanford Health weight loss patients with high blood pressure had lower pressure levels. High blood pressure can be a very damaging condition, leading to serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. Likewise, high cholesterol limits blood flow and can increase the risk for stroke and heart attack. Among the Sanford Health weight loss patients with high cholesterol, 66 percent had lower levels at the one-year mark post weight loss surgery.

Diabetes

Diabetes is another condition that often affects patients who struggle with obesity. Type 2 diabetes affects the way a body processes sugar –- leading to a constant need to monitor blood sugar levels. Nearly half –- 44 percent -– of Sanford Health weight loss patients with diabetes saw an improvement or complete resolution of their condition in the first year after undergoing a weight loss procedure.

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