Study on Enzyme and Acid Levels adds Another Health Benefit to Bariatric Surgery, Notes Dr. Michael Feiz

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Commenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles bariatric surgeon explains that this study is just the latest to add to the growing list of bariatric surgery’s potential health benefits.

Uric acid, the compound responsible for many cases of gout.

Gout, he says, is just one of the many conditions that can be prevented with successful weight loss surgery.

According to an article published December 7th by MedPage Today, bariatric surgery has been shown to lower patient’ serum uric acid (SUA) levels, and lower activity with their xanthine oxidase enzymes. The study showed that, after successfully losing weight with bariatric surgery, patients on average saw a 10% reduction in the SUA levels. Because high SUA levels can lead to gout, bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz explains that this is a very important development for obese patients who may be at risk for the disease or who are already suffering from it. Dr. Feiz explains that doctors have long known the connection between gout – a painful and potentially debilitating form of arthritis – and obesity, yet this study confirming lower SUA levels in patients after losing weight shows that weight loss surgery can directly lead to a reduced risk of the disease. This, he says, is just one of the many conditions that can be prevented with successful weight loss surgery. Some of these other diseases include type 2 diabetes and heart disease:

  • Type 2 Diabetes – Because a patient’s odds of getting type 2 diabetes are 3 to 7 times greater than normal if they are obese, Dr. Feiz explains that it follows that shedding pounds would lower people's risk for developing diabetes. What may surprise people, though, is that various studies have proven that many obese patients who already have type 2 diabetes can put the disease into remission by losing a significant portion of their excess weight with weight loss surgery. Dr. Feiz explains that, while no two patients experience the exact same results, those who are able to lose a significant portion of their weight have a good chance of, at the very least, seeing a reduction in their diabetes symptoms.
  • Heart Disease – While one may assume that the strong connection between obesity and heart disease may be enough for some people to assume the benefits that bariatric surgery may bring, Dr. Feiz explains that many different studies have proven this idea to be true. Dr. Feiz specifically points to data cited by WebMD that shows how obese patients can lower their risk of a heart attack or stroke by 50 percent after a successful weight loss procedure.

Dr. Feiz often explains to his patients that there are many advantages of losing weight, but far and away the greatest benefit is the reduced risk of dangerous health conditions that can seriously limit a person’s health and quality of life. For more information about the work done by Dr. Feiz and his team at Dr. Feiz & Associates, call the medical clinic at 310-855-8058 or visit them online at

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