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  • Women Who Have Bariatric Surgery Give Birth to Healthier Babies

    You will be the first person to benefit from your bariatric surgery. Certainly there will be the weight loss itself which averages 50-70 percent of excess body weight. There are also psychological and sociological benefits such as leaps in self-esteem and increases in social activity. The greatest benefit will be the overall improvement to your health.

    Weight loss surgery has yielded dramatic results in addressing Type II diabetes and made it possible for about 77 percent of diabetes patients to stop taking medications after gastric bypass surgery. About 60 percent of hypertensive patients were also able to discontinue taking their medications after weight loss surgery with 80 percent reporting an improvement in their high blood pressure. Most patients also report improvements in the quality of their lives as well as an increase in overall activity following bariatric surgery. But there is more.

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    While you may be the first to benefit from gastric bypass surgery, you are hardly the last. Research has shown that women who have weight loss surgery give birth to healthier babies.

    Gastric Bypass Surgery Lends to Improved Health in Newborns

    Research has shown that women who become pregnant after weight loss surgery give birth to healthier babies than do obese women who become pregnant.

    Pregnant women who have lost weight after bariatric surgery may have lower numbers of complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. They also give birth to babies that are healthier and may be less likely to be born prematurely or smaller than average. Obese women, on the other hand, are at greater risk for pregnancy-related health problems and subject to premature or stillborn births.

    In addition, maternal obesity can lead to pediatric obesity. Women who are obese while pregnant advance the likelihood that their children will have lifelong weight issues and an increased risk for heart disease.

    Babies Born to Mothers Who Have had Gastric Bypass Have Healthier Hearts

    Researchers have discovered that babies born to mothers who have lost weight after bariatric surgery have less cardiovascular risk factors than their siblings who were born to the mother prior to her having had weight loss surgery.

    It was found that a mother’s obesity can effect the genes of her children. Addressing the mother’s obesity can produce more favorable health outcomes for her children.

    Blood samples were collected from children who were born to mothers both before and after their weight loss surgery to compare DNA samples. The researchers found that weight loss surgery affected a biochemical process in such a way that it favored the in utero child and promoted better cardiovascular health. The result was that those children born to mothers after gastric bypass surgery were healthier than those children who were born to the same mother before she had the surgery.

    Children born to the mother after weight loss surgery had been performed were also less likely to be obese, have better insulin resistance, and lower blood pressure.

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    References:
    Medical News Today - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/252193.php
    Oregon Weight Loss Surgery - http://www.oregonweightlosssurgery.com/benefits-and-risks
    The New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/health/research/20bariatric.html?_r=0




     

     

Published On: December 16, 2012