For many bariatric patients, the journey to weight loss begins because they simply don’t like the way they look and are tired of having to live their lives in hiding. And for those patients who find the motivation to move forward and change their lifestyle, it truly is like getting a second chance at life! Not only do they get a chance to live the life they were meant for, most find that their overall health improves…dramatically! Improvements such as more energy, less pain and discomfort and for some, they no longer suffer from other health issues that plagued their daily lives. Talk about a win-win!
But other than the obvious health benefits of losing weight and eating better, how does losing weight contribute to long-term health and one’s ability to fend off other chronic illnesses (comorbidities)?
Complex Multimorbidity Is Directly Linked To Obesity
While it’s common knowledge that obesity contributes to the development of comorbidities (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc), a recent study (https://www.physiciansweekly.com/obesity-linked-to-risk-for-complex-multimorbidity) sheds new light on how obesity contributes to complex multimorbidity.
So what is complex multimorbidity? Complex multimorbidity is defined as three or more chronic conditions affecting three or more different body systems. For example, someone who suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis would be classified as having complex multimorbidity.
In the study, researchers looked at a random population, then looked at those within that population whose BMI (Body Mass Index) was greater than 30 to assess risk levels for developing simple and complex multimorbidity. Their findings were sobering. Those with a BMI of >30 were EIGHT times more likely to develop complex multimorbidity. In layman’s terms, obesity is a leading cause for developing serious chronic conditions that affect multiple body systems and functions – resulting in frequent illness, hospitalization and unfortunately, death.
What Does This Mean For Me?
Like everything in life, we only really care when it affects us. Well, if you suffer from obesity, this definitely WILL affect you! Even simple morbidity can present real health challenges. Once your body is affected across multiple symptoms with multiple conditions (complex multimorbidity), it becomes even more difficult to control symptoms and illness, resulting in a cycle of daily medications which have side effects that can often lead to even more issues for the patient.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Your Life
The harsh reality of obesity is that it takes an enormous mental and emotional toll on those who suffer from it. This can create a feeling of hopelessness and shame – one that gives little hope of anything better. But we’re here to tell you that there is reason to hope. At Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas, we’re committed to helping those who feel helpless. We have so many stories of patients who’d tried everything – without success. Then they came to see us and found the right solution and the support to finally make it happen. We invite you to experience no blame, no shame, compassionate care. You’ve Got This. We’ve Got You. https://weightlosssurgeon.com/contact/