According to a recent article on Time, a study conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine on 34 postmenopausal, obese women revealed that a high-protein diet may have little impact on insulin sensitivity. The study goes on to indicate that, while a high-protein diet can help obese individuals lose a small amount of weight, they were no less at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Diet is the key factor in weight loss, but severely obese patients usually experience great difficulty in making the long-term changes required to achieve and sustain a weight loss without the support of a bariatric procedure. Unlike diets emphasizing particular nutrients, bariatric surgery has been shown to lead to numerous benefits that have otherwise been elusive to most patients, such as:
Defeating or Improving Type 2 Diabetes – While the Washington University study saw no improvement in insulin sensitivity in patients on high protein diets, bariatric surgeries have been associated with dramatic improvements in blood sugar. Indeed, many studies have found that most patients who lost weight following bariatric procedures either experienced dramatic improvements in their type 2 diabetes or experienced complete remission.
Improved Mobility – Excess weight can oftentimes lead to difficulties in movement due to the constant strain and pressure put on the bones and joints. A significant weight loss with the help of a cutting-edge bariatric surgery procedure, such as a sleeve gastrectomy, can relieve a patient’s bones and joints, allowing them to feel more comfortable completing a variety of daily activities and enabling them to partake in a healthier and more active lifestyle. Furthermore, improved mobility can encourage patients to participate in activities with friends and family that had previously been out of the question.
More Energy – Oftentimes, severely obese patients suffer from sleep apnea, a condition associated with disruptive breathing patterns while sleeping that can significantly lower their energy levels throughout the day. A weight loss following a bariatric procedure typically improves and often resolves sleep apnea in patients, so that they are able to experience uninterrupted sleep during the night and wake up feeling refreshed and energized. An increase in energy can help patients keep up with their children and grandchildren, and allow them to become more actively involved in the lives of family and loved ones.
Readers who are interested in learning more about bariatric procedures and nonsurgical weight loss programs are welcomed to contact BHP.