There is little doubt about it. If you are overweight, the risk of accompanying health problems is probable. If you are obese, the risk for accompanying health problems is nearer to being carved in stone.
The possibilities of obesity related illnesses are severe and include gallstones, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, coronary artery disease, stroke, and sleep apnea. There are other potential illnesses, but I imagine you have the point: Obesity is life-threatening.
This point became personalized when I met the criteria for metabolic syndrome.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that increase the chances for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
The risk factors for metabolic syndrome are additional weight around the middle and upper body parts, insulin resistance, aging, genetics, changes in hormones, and lack of exercise. I met all the criteria of the syndrome.
In addition, those who have metabolic syndrome may very well have excess blood clotting and low levels of inflammation over the body.
From Metabolic Syndrome to Type 2 Diabetes
I would eventually see my doctor to question why I was constantly fatigued and why I was constantly urinating. Blood testing was done and the results showed that my blood sugar level was 373 and that I was hypertensive. I was off to the hospital for a three-day stay with a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. After I stabilized, I was discharged with 5 prescriptions. Three were for diabetes including a prescription for injectable insulin. The other two prescriptions were for hypertension. My health and spirit were poor.
Treatment Recommendations for Metabolic Syndrome
Although the treatment recommendations for metabolic syndrome are logical they may as well be recommendations to buy the winning lottery ticket. It's a good idea but probably will not accomplish the purpose of the suggestion.
Recommendations include losing 7-10% of your current weight, 30 minutes of robust exercise 5-7 days per week, lose weight to lower cholesterol, and lose weight to lower blood pressure. Is it just me, or is there a pattern here?
To say I had never been accomplished at losing weight is about the same as saying I had never been accomplished at flapping my arms and flying around my living room. Weight loss had not even come close to happening in over twenty years.
I asked my self a basic but astute question: What can I do?
Gastric Bypass Surgery is Successful at Resolving Metabolic Syndrome
The reason I decided to have gastric bypass surgery was because of health issues. Success in resolving those health issues has been remarkable. I lost 50 pounds in the first few months immediately after the weight-loss procedure. Shortly thereafter, my primary physician decided I no longer needed to continue taking medication for hypertension and diabetes. My total weight loss is 100+ lbs, which I've maintained since 2003.
The resolution of metabolic syndrome after gastric bypass surgery has been equally impressive.
A Mayo Clinic study on gastric bypass and metabolic syndrome was conducted with 180 patients who had gastric bypass surgery and 157 patients who did not. All participants received medical and dietetic care as well as counseling about the importance of being physically active.
After a 3.4 year follow-up, it was discovered that metabolic syndrome decreased from 87% to 29% in the in the surgical group but only decreased from 85% to 75% in the control group.
The average weight loss was 44 pounds in the surgical group and 0.2 pounds in the non-surgical group.
The results speak for themselves.
Reuters, "Gastric bypass surgery reverses metabolic syndrome," accessed April 8, 2012.
WebMD, "Obesity overview and facts," accessed April 12, 2012.
Medline Plus, "Metabolic syndrome," accessed April 12, 2012.
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You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003 and my journey to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management since that time. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.
Published On: April 09, 2012