Obesity Increases Risk for Disease

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The American Cancer Society recently presented evidence that links weight gain later in life to an increase risk of breast cancer. The study of more than 44,000 women found that the more weight a woman gained, the greater her risks for all types, stages and grades of breast cancer. Breast cancer is linked to increased levels of estrogen. Fat tissue produces estrogen, which adds to the risk.

The American Cancer Society recently presented evidence that links weight gain later in life to an increase risk of breast cancer. The study of more than 44,000 women found that the more weight a woman gained, the greater her risks for all types, stages and grades of breast cancer. Breast cancer is linked to increased levels of estrogen. Fat tissue produces estrogen, which adds to the risk.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 64 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermines the health of overweight patients, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Divided gastric bypass surgery is widely accepted as the most effective surgical weight-loss treatment available and is considered the gold standard to alleviate severe obesity.

Surgeons at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group Inc. (http://www.pbsmg.com) have performed over 9,000 procedures on adult and adolescent patients at Scripps Mercy Hospital. As a result of outstanding aftercare programs and support groups, patients at Pacific Bariatric and Scripps Mercy Hospital see a slightly higher success rate than the national average.

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group Inc. and Scripps Mercy Hospital are nationally designated by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery. Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, also known as Hillcrest Surgical Medical Group, Inc., has an 80-year tradition of surgical excellence and leadership in San Diego County. Scripps Mercy Hospital has been a health care leader in San Diego County for more than 115 years, offering patients an unparalleled continuum of care. For more information, visit http://www.pbsmg.com.

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego’s longest established and only Catholic medical center. With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California. For more information, visit http://www.scripps.org.

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