How can weight loss surgery help?

The main concern about carrying extra weight is the impact it can have on your health. We know that being obese can increase the chance of having many other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Around 6% of all deaths in the UK are related to being obese. Being obese can also shorten your life expectancy. The heavier you are and the longer you have been overweight or obese, the greater the risk. Surgery can be a way of managing your weight and preventing further health problems.

Weight loss surgery has been shown to prevent or improve conditions and diseases such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Certain cancers such as breast, colon and endometrial cancer
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis and joint problems
  • Infertility
  • Stress incontinence

Weight loss surgery can also improve quality of life and increase life expectancy.


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