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August 23, 2007

Gastric Bypass Lowers Risk of Death

Gastric_bypass Two new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) show another long-term benefit of Gastric Bypass Surgery and in my opinion the most important of all: a lower risk of death.

Researchers compiled data
on 15,850 severely obese people, half of whom had undergone gastric bypass surgery between 1984 and 2002, and half who were from the general population and had had no surgical intervention for obesity. Overall, researchers found, the surgery patients were 40% less likely to die from any cause during a mean 7 years of follow-up, compared with the obese controls. What's more, the mortality rate attributable to obesity-related disease was 52% lower on the whole in the surgery group: after gastric bypass, patients were 92% less likely to die from diabetes, 59% less likely to die from coronary artery disease, and 60% less likely to be killed by cancer. (Read the full article here)

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