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Is Weight Loss Surgery More Effective Than Dieting

If weight loss surgery is endorsed by the weight loss industry and government health entities such as WIN, can we assume that it has been proven to work better for long-term weight loss than diet and exercise. It seems not.

There have been no published clinical trials comparing weight-loss surgery or gastric bypass with conservative clinical treatments; it has not been found to be superior for life expectancy or for anything else.

In one controlled clinical trial in Denmark, published in a 1984 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), patients had more health problems than comparable patients who were put on very low-calorie diets.

Echoing the need for more clinical studies, Edward Livingston, M.D., professor of

surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has stated his belief that additional trials would show that the benefits of surgery have been "overestimated."

He added, "Long-term consequences remain uncertain. Issues such as whether weight loss is maintained and the long-term effects of altering nutrient absorption remain unresolved."

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery - Reminder
Bariatric weight loss surgery is not an easy option to lose weight. It's a serious surgical procedure whose long-term weight loss success depends on a patient's commitment to diet and behavior modification for life, along with exercise for weight control.

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