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Bypass Surgery Leads To Faster Weight Loss And Reduction In Heart Disease Risk

September 18, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Although lifestyle changes involving diet and exercise are the best way to prevent or treat obesity – and reduce the risk of heart disease – there’s a faster solution. According to preventive cardiologist Sheldon Litwin, gastric bypass surgery spurs weight loss much faster than lifestyle modifications while reducing heart disease risk. Litwin co-authored a six-year study of more than 1,000 severely obese people, a third of whom had gastric bypass surgery. The rest either didn't seek or couldn't get the surgery. Surgery patients experienced about a 30 percent weight loss (compared with none in control groups). They also had significantly fewer  cardiovascular risk factors. The control groups, however, did not participate in lifestyle therapies.
Ted D. Adams et al. , "Health Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery After 6 Years", JAMA, September 18, 2012, © American Medical Association
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