Research on Hypogonadism and Obesity Sheds Light on Health and Quality of Life Benefits of Bariatric Surgery, Notes Dr. Feiz & Associates

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Commenting on a recent study, the Los Angeles bariatric surgery clinic Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that evidence suggests successful weight loss surgery can reverse obesity-associated hypogonadism and improve sexual function in both men and women.

Dr. Feiz notes that he is very familiar with and sympathetic to the stories of people struggling with severe obesity.

Dr. Feiz & Associates explains that, while obesity has long been known to be linked to hypogonadism and other sexual health issues, this new research is added evidence of bariatric surgery’s many health benefits.

According to a column published February 1st in Bariatric Times, researchers at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts found that successful weight loss following bariatric surgery can improve and even reverse hypogonadism (sexual organ failure) associated with obesity. The authors of the column go on to explain that, in comparing several groups of people, bariatric surgery was shown to be more effective than dietary modification in reversing obesity-associated hypogonadism, which led to improved overall sexual health. Commenting on this column, Los Angeles based bariatric surgery center Dr. Feiz & Associates explains that, while obesity has long been known to be linked to hypogonadism and other sexual health issues, this new research is added evidence of bariatric surgery’s many health benefits. The clinic notes that, because one’s health impacts every aspect of life, including intimate relationships, for people struggling with severe obesity, the kind of truly successful and permanent weight loss associated with bariatric procedures can be beneficial and lead to an enhanced quality of life on every level.

Michael Feiz M.D., F.A.C.S., notes that, while many people with large amounts of weight to lose understand the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise, the sheer difficulty of making these changes and realizing long-term results means that people with severe obesity often struggle to lose weight, and keep it off over the long term. Because much of the difficulty in weight loss involves psycho-physiological factors, one of the most popular and effective types of bariatric surgery is the gastric sleeve procedure. By removing a large portion of the stomach, this procedure not only makes overeating more difficult, it also curbs the release of ghrelin, a hunger inducing hormone produced in the stomach. This results in a marked reduction in those all too common hunger pangs which can defeat even the most committed dieter; a two-fold effect which is scientifically proven to be effective in losing weight and keeping it off in the long-term.

Dr. Feiz notes that he is very familiar with and sympathetic to the stories of people struggling with severe obesity. Many of his patients report desiring more active lifestyles; for example, they mention taking part in outdoor activities with family members or maintaining improved intimate relationships with their partners and spouses. Severe obesity, Dr. Feiz notes, affects nearly every part of the body, and many of his patients report health concerns such as bone and joint pain, feeling out of breath, sleep apnea, diabetes, and heart problems, none of which are particularly conducive to a healthy love life. The good news, Dr. Feiz explains, is that bariatric surgery procedures such as the gastric sleeve and the Lap Band can improve these conditions; and in some cases, even reverse the most damaging health and quality of life effects of severe obesity.

For additional information about the success that Dr. Feiz and his patients have achieved, interested readers may call the bariatric surgery clinic at (310) 855-8058 or browse the clinic’s website at http://www.DrFeiz.com.

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