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Weight loss surgery reduces risk of death by 29% over 10 year period
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Men and women who underwent weight loss surgery were 29 percent less likely to die during the next 10 year than those who did not undergo surgery according to the Swedish Obese Subjects study. This was after adjusting for age, sex and risk factors. Subjects
Subjects: 2010 men and women who had surgery vs 2037 who used diet and exercise
The study followed 2010 men and women who had one of three types of weight loss surgery—gastric bypass, vertical-banded gastroplasty, or gastric banding—and compared them to 2037 men and women who did not have the surgery and instead used only diet and exercise.
Deaths: 129 deaths in the control group vs 101 deaths in the surgery group
“There were 129 deaths in the control group and 101 deaths in the surgery group,” the paper noted.
Sjostrom L, Narbro K, Sjostrom CD, Karason K, Larsson B, Wedel H, Lystig T, Sullivan M, Bouchard C, Carlsson B, Bengtsson C, Dahlgren S, Gummesson A, Jacobson P, Karlsson J, Lindroos A-K, Lonroth H, Naslund I, Olbers T, Stenlof K, Torgerson J, Agren G, Carlsson LMS. Effects of bariatric surgery on mortality in swedish obese subjects. N Engl J Med. 2007 Aug 23, 357(8):741-52.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. L. Sjöström
Swedish Obese Subjects Secretariat
Vita stråket 15
Sahlgrenska University Hospital
S-413 45 Gothenburg, Sweden
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