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The medical benefits of weight-loss surgery can't be taken lightly

Written By Betty van der Mark on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | 8:29 AM

Nick Nicholson, M.D., weight loss surgeon explains how the surgery can actually improve certain health conditions:

Reversal of Type 2 diabetes
"Because obesity is the primary risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, weight-loss surgery can have a profound impact on the condition," says Dr. Nicholson. Published in the March 2009 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, a study revealed that 82 percent of patients who had weight-loss surgery reversed their diabetes in less than two years, and 62 percent remained diabetes free two years following surgery.

Improved fertility

Although most obese women are not infertile, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, ovulatory functions and pregnancy rates frequently improve significantly after weight loss in obese women.

Improvement or elimination of hypertension
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2004 stated that hypertension was eliminated in 61.7 percent of weight-loss surgery patients and significantly improved in 78.5 percent of patients.

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