Bariatric surgery comes with a lot of benefits, which isn’t exactly breaking news. Your body operates more efficiently when it’s healthy, and weight loss surgery can make the body immeasurably healthier. Alongside treating diabetes and reducing joint pain, new research indicates that weight loss surgery boosts your brainpower and creates lasting benefits for your noggin.
Obesity can be really hard on the brain. Carrying around too many extra pounds can result in bad memory, food addiction and a host of other disorders. As we age, the impact of obesity only intensifies. Obesity is already linked to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and stroke, but the hormones released by fat could be having a broader inflammatory impact on your body.
According to Dr. Dirk, conditions that predispose patients to Alzheimer’s disease look much like those for cardiovascular disease. “The less common risk factors for cardiovascular disease, like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, are the same.”
When a patient loses weight, whether through healthy lifestyle changes alone or alongside bariatric surgery, the risk for these ailments declines.
A study released earlier this year found that obesity surgery could help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, but Dr. Dirk isn’t so sure that’s the case. “Obesity is very common. More than 78 million Americans are obese, and 5.4 million will be affected by Alzheimer’s,” he says. “Statistically speaking, it’s highly likely that a person with Alzheimer’s is going to be obese.”
There is also a gene combination that has been identified in Alzheimer’s patients that is linked to high cholesterol, which gives credence to the idea that obesity is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
While patients should be concerned about how obesity affects their brain health, Dr. Dirk cautions that everyone should be doing what they can to prevent chronic disease. Alzheimer’s disease can strike anyone, and everyone should work toward a healthy lifestyle that benefits the entire body, not just the brain.
“My recommendation to everyone is to work at being healthy,” says Dr. Dirk. “If that means it’s time to consider obesity surgery, then don’t wait.”
Bariatric surgery is a major procedure, and it comes with risks, but for many patients the benefits to their health and quality of life far outweigh potential concerns. Contact Dallas Weight Loss Surgeon, Dr. Dirk Rodriguez NOW!