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This Weight Loss Solution for COVID-19 Survival is On The Rise, Reports ABC News

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Turning to weight loss surgery to beat COVID-19

Because having 3 of the 5 symptoms of metabolic syndrome greatly increases the risk of dying from COVID-19, weight loss doctors reported on ABC News recently that one particular weight loss tactic is on the rise.


ABC 8 News station WRIC in Henrico County, Virginia recently reported that the coronavirus has sparked yet another new trend—especially among overweight and obese individuals in response to concerns that catching COVID-19 just might be a death sentence for them.

Recent studies have shown that patients having three of the five risk factors of metabolic syndrome (hypertension, high blood sugar levels, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and excess abdominal fat) are over three times more likely to die from COVID-19.

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Further adding to their concerns is that some health experts are predicting that even once a vaccine is available, it might not adequately protect those with metabolic syndrome.

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As such, patients in increasing numbers are a seeking a faster solution to their weight management by turning to bariatric surgery. Procedures such as the popular gastric bypass might be the answer many need to help them lose weight, reverse their metabolic syndrome condition and increase the likelihood they will survive a COVID-19 infection.

According to ABC News, Doctor Matthew Brengman, Sanders surgeon and the Director of Bariatric Surgery at Parham Doctor’s Hospital has seen a surge in patients seeking weight loss surgery.

“We have seen an increase in the number of people both seeking to start the process and then people in the process motivated to move forward,” Dr. Brengman said.

A good candidate for bariatric surgery is someone 75 to 100 pounds overweight and has weight-related conditions like heart disease, sleep apnea and diabetes. Dr. Brengman says improvement rates with diabetes after the surgery is over 90 percent.

Typically the bariatric surgery is done laparoscopically with small incisions resulting in most patients going home the next day to begin the remainder of their weight loss journey.

Video of the ABC News Report With One Patient’s Success Story Following Surgery

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Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?

Deciding on whether weight loss surgery is the right choice for you can be a difficult one. There are pros and cons to weight loss surgery, but recent literature points out that the pros definitely outweigh the cons; and, that you can actually benefit more from surgery than from dieting.

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However, your surgical results are only as good as the surgeon and his staff. At the very least when it comes to weight loss surgery—or any surgery—ask your surgeon (tactfully) if this is the procedure he or she does the most, and inquire about complication rates, readmissions and reoperations. Now is the time to be proactive, not after the surgery if you want to ensure satisfaction with your having made the correct decision.

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For more about losing weight, here are three informative articles that demonstrate effective eating habits before and after weight loss surgery to ensure keeping those pounds off:

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Timothy Boyer has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 20+ years he has been employed as a freelance health and science writer. Today, with an eye on the latest news, Timothy continues writing about science with a focus on what you need to know for healthier living. For continual updates about health, you can also follow Timothy on Twitter at TimBoyerWrites.

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Reference:Weight loss surgery on the rise as obesity contributes to coronavirus complicationsABC 8 News Henrico County, Va. (WRIC), 8 Oct. 2020.