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Obesity has largely become one of the fastest growing conditions worldwide. With millions and millions of people across the globe suffering from over-weight, the number has been on the rise. There are several methods today to prevent and control it, which are available to the masses.
Obesity is one dangerous condition haunting people's lives. It is a major medical risk that needs to be kept at bay. There are many risks associated with obesity. An obesity patient has to be careful as they pose an additional threat to his well- being. This is what makes obesity a threat to life. Obesity and diabetes are related in a certain way.
Diabetes is a chronic disorder caused due to deficiency of a protein called insulin. It potentially damages the nerves, heart, eye sight and kidneys. The most dangerous part about being diabetic is that, diabetes cannot be cured, it can only be controlled with the help of well-maintained diet, proper medications and regular visits to the doctor. Apart from this, Bariatric surgery also commonly known as weight loss surgery, helps in over-coming diabetes. It has a potential benefit of helping diabetic people in controlling their blood-sugar levels without needing diabetic medications. Weight loss surgeries help in two ways. Either by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold or by restricting the absorption of food in the stomach and the small intestine. The basic concept of both the surgeries is that the size of the stomach is reduced drastically. This makes people feel less hungry and thereby consume less food. After the surgery, the stomach can only hold 1/3rd the amount of food it used to hold earlier.
Adjustable gastric banding is a type of gastric bypass surgery that restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold without interfering too much with the natural process of absorption of nutrients. Because of the way this surgery is performed it is also known as laparoscopic gastric banding surgery. In this surgery an inflatable adjustable gastric band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. The size of the stomach is controlled by tightening of the band with the help of saline added to the band to inflate it. The band controls the speed with which food passes through the stomach and how quickly the patient feels full. This surgery is said to be less invasive than gastric bypass since it is less invasive and often reversible.
Gastric bypass surgery on the other hand is both restrictive and malabsorptive. It is procedure that involves dividing the stomach in two separate pouches, upper pouch being smaller and the lower one comparatively bigger. This is followed by rearranging the small intestine to connect the two pouches. This surgery leads to 60% loss of body weight. Also, the weight loss occurs faster and needs to be maintained.