Dr. Steven Nissen and colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic wanted to know if bariatric surgery could also prevent the cardiovascular problems associated with diabetes, observing people who had bariatric surgery. Their conclusion ? “So these people had fewer heart attacks and strokes and kidney failure and heart failure.” In addition, people who had the surgery were 41% less likely to die from any cause during the study.The good news is that „all of these effects of obesity on heart health are potentially reversible.” The operation has been shown to help reverse diabetes, eliminate sleep apnea, improve fertility, ease joint pain and pressure, and relieve symptoms of depression. It may also help people live longer, healthier lives.
The findings come amid two critical trends in public health: a growing obesity epidemic and the slowing of progress made against heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. „The effect size here is enormous. It’s bigger than anything I’ve seen at reducing cardiovascular event rates,” Steve Nissen, head of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic appreciated about bariatric surgery.