It can be disheartening to step on the scale and see a number that you’re not happy with. But when you’re obese, you’ve got more than just those numbers to keep track of. Between diabetes, heart disease, depression and the other health problems that come with obesity, the bills can rack up fast.
In fact, a recent study found that those who don’t exercise pay an extra $2,500 per year in healthcare costs.
The study, based on 26,000 people and conducted by the High Risk Cardiovascular Disease Clinic at Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables, showed that even subjects with heart disease risk factors were able to save money by exercising every day.
Dr. Dirk says that this finding is not surprising at at all. His recommendation of 60 minutes a day of aerobic exercise goes beyond the AHA’s recommendation and results in even healthier patients.
“People do not understand the importance of exercise for good health and weight loss,” says Dr. Dirk. “That is why obesity surgery works — it makes good nutrition and exercise more effective.”
But the savings aren’t just for the patients. If people go to the hospital less often, insurance companies and medical networks save money, too. All told, the study concluded that if even 20 percent more people with heart disease risk factors began exercising, the overall financial impact would be in the billions of dollars.
So does the cost of your medical coverage outpace your paycheck? It may be time to consider a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass. While the initial cost may seem steep, it is far less than spending an extra $2,500 per year for the rest of your life.
“Obesity surgery helps get rid of high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, acid reflux, high cholesterol and joint pain, and it reduces the risk for cancer,” Dr. Dirk said. “If you are concerned about obesity and your health, it is time to give serious thought to obesity surgery.”
If you’re ready to make that next step toward weight loss (and money savings), give Dr. Dirk a call today.