Article on Younger Bariatric Patients Demonstrates that Patients Shouldn’t Wait For Comorbidities to Worsen, Says Beverly Hills Physicians

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Commenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles medical group explains that, while the decision to undergo life-changing surgery may be particularly fraught for younger patients, results may be better if surgery is elected sooner rather than later.

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While the remission rate varies across numerous studies, the article notes that most put the average rate of type 2 diabetes remission for adult bariatric patients at anywhere from 50 to 70 percent.

According to an article published December 6th by General Surgery News, a recent study has shown that adolescent and teenage patients who had weight loss surgery had a higher likelihood of having a positive outcome compared with older patients. When examined three years after their surgery, 95 percent of individuals in the teenage group who had type 2 diabetes prior to surgery experienced a reversal of the disease. This was from an average weight loss of 90 pounds, which constitutes a 27 percent reduction in the average starting weight of the patients. According to Los Angeles medical group Beverly Hills Physicians, this data is particularly promising when compared to the rate of diabetes remission for adult patients who undergo bariatric surgery. While the remission rate varies across numerous studies, the article notes that most put the average rate of type 2 diabetes remission for adult bariatric patients at anywhere from 50 to 70 percent.

Beverly Hills Physicians explains that, for various reasons, teenagers are often advised to wait to have bariatric surgery for several reasons. The first of which is that bariatric surgery is, for the most part, only meant for patients who have been unable to lose weight through conventional methods. Beverly Hills Physicians explains that, because younger people often have not been struggling with their weight for as long as many obese adults, they may not have had the time to know for sure that diet and exercise alone won’t work for them. However, Beverly Hills Physicians notes that many of the youngest patients who have bariatric surgery are those with genetic or hormonal conditions that lead to excess eating or rapid weight gain. For these cases, willpower has nothing to do with the weight gain, so these types of concerns may not be particularly relevant.

Beverly Hills Physicians explains that the second reason why some doctors might advise against young patients having weight loss surgery is that they may not be sure how the digestive change will affect bodies that are still growing and developing. Yet, with this new study, along with various other adolescent bariatric surgery studies that have come out in the past several years, it is becoming more and more clear that weight loss surgery is still safe, and often even more effective, in younger patients.

While these results are very promising, Beverly Hills Physicians explains that it is still extremely important that all patients carefully weigh the decision to have bariatric surgery. Those interested in learning more about bariatric surgery, or in scheduling a consultation with Beverly Hills Physicians today can call 800-788-1416, or visit BHP online at http://www.BeverlyHillsPhysicians.com.

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