WHEN TO HAVE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
ANCHOR LEAD: THERE’S NEW EVIDENCE FOR PEOPLE CONSIDERING WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Are you thinking of having weight loss surgery but just haven’t committed? Now new evidence published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that not only does surgery help people lose weight, improve diabetes and blood pressure, it extends life expectancy. Thomas Magnussen, chief of the weight loss surgery program at Johns Hopkins, says to reap full benefits, consider surgery sooner rather than later.
MAGNUSSEN: The earlier you have the surgery the earlier you’re able to lose the weight, the longer your life expectancy will be expanded. So if you’re seventy years old and you have the surgery, well, it’s not going to impact your health and your lifespan as much as if you’re thirty years old and have the surgery. And the key thing is the weight loss and the reversal of the medical problems so the reversal of diabetes, the prevention of heart disease, those are the things that result in the longer life and the decreased mortality. :24
Magnussen says benefits of surgery begin almost as soon as the operation is completed, with many patients leaving the hospital with diabetes under control, for example. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.