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Long-term weight loss with diet and lifestyle versus drugs versus surgery
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:01 am Email this article
Studies have found that on average, diet and lifestyle changes help people to lose up to 11 pounds after two to four years, whereas diet drugs help people lose an average of 11-22 pounds after one to two years, and weight loss surgery results in an average weight losse of 55 to 165 pounds after two to four years, depending on the type of surgery, according to a paper from Dr. J. D. Douketis from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Conclusion: Changes in diet and lifestyle, as well as diet drugs, cause modest weight loss
“Dietary/lifestyle and pharmacologic weight loss interventions provide modest weight loss, and may improve markers of cardiovascular risk factors although these benefits occur mainly in patients with cardiovascular risks,” the paper concludes.
Douketis J, Macie C, Thabane L, Williamson D. Systematic review of long-term weight loss studies in obese adults: clinical significance and applicability to clinical practice. Int J Obes (Lond). 2005 Oct, 29(10):1153-67.
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J. D. Douketis
Department of Medicine
St. Joseph’s Hospital
50 Charlton Ave East
Hamilton, ON, Canada, L8N 4A6
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