Diabetes Forecast

Delaying Weight-Loss Surgery Hampers Long-Term Goals

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Don’t delay necessary weight-loss surgery. It can eliminate obesity, reduce blood glucose levels, and improve heart health. But the higher your body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height used to estimate how close a person is to a healthy weight) before surgery, the less likely you’ll be to reach a desirable weight. In a study of 27,320 adults who underwent surgery—nearly half with diabetes—about half of all those with a BMI under 50 successfully achieved the post-surgery goal of a BMI below 30 within a year. (At 30 or higher, you’re considered obese.) But only 9 percent of those whose BMI was 50 or more before the procedure met that same goal. In other words, people whose BMI was below 50 were five times more likely to achieve that goal. For best results, schedule surgery before your BMI tops 40.
Source: JAMA Surgery, July 26, 2017

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