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  • Weight loss surgery lowers the risk of dying by 40% during the next seven years


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    Monday, October 08, 2007 8:59 am Email this article
    People who underwent weight loss surgery were 40 percent less likely to die during an average follow-up of 7.1 years according to a study from researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Conclusion

    Conclusion: Weight loss surgery lowers death from diabetes, heart disease and cancer, but increases death from other causes

    “Long-term total mortality after gastric bypass surgery was significantly reduced, particularly deaths from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. However, the rate of death from causes other than disease was higher in the surgery group than in the control group,” the researchers concluded.

     

    Subjects

    Subjects: 7925 surgery patients matched against 7925 severely obese controls

    The study analyzed data from 7925 people who had undergone surgery between 1984 and 2002, and they were matched for age, sex and body mass index with 7925 severely obese people who applied for a driver’s license who acted as controls.

    REFERENCE

    Adams T, Gress R, Smith S, Halverson R, Simper SC, Rosamond W, Lamonte M, Stroup AM, Hunt SC. Long-term mortality after gastric bypass surgery. N Engl J Med. 2007 Aug 23, 357(8):753-61.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Ted Adams
    Cardiovascular Genetics Division
    University of Utah School of Medicine
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108
    USA
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