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Reduce Cancer Risk with Weight Loss Surgery

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Living with obesity has a big impact on your health and overall wellness. The longer you are overweight or obese, the more complex the health risk associated with obesity becomes. Obesity increases your risk of developing heart disease, type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and a long list of other conditions that are referred to collectively as obesity-related diseases. For the most part, these health conditions are largely preventable. Losing weight reduces your risk of having a heart attack, and can actually reverse the onset of type-2 diabetes and sleep apnea.

While cancer is one of the greatest health concerns in the United States, it isn’t something that is often talked about in association with obesity—though perhaps it should be. Obesity can actually double your risk of developing certain types of cancer, including esophageal and liver cancer, and can drastically increase your risk of developing other types of cancer like pancreas and colorectal cancer.

If being overweight increases your risk of developing cancer, then it only makes sense that losing weight will decrease that risk—right? Well, as it turns out, the benefits of losing weight surpass even what experts previously thought. New research indicates that weight loss surgery can decrease your risk for developing cancer by over 30 percent.

Researchers followed almost 90,000 individuals who struggled with extreme obesity, and followed their health outcomes over the course of three years. Those who had weight loss surgery were 33% less likely to develop cancer of any sort than were those who didn’t undergo weight loss surgery to lose weight.

Weight loss surgery makes it easier to lose weight by preventing the recurring hunger that drives to many people to cheat on their dietary plans. But the actual physical benefits of weight loss surgery are only the tip of the iceberg. By undergoing weight loss surgery you partner yourself up with a skilled weight loss surgeon and a team of weight loss experts who are able to support and guide you along your journey, providing you with a weight loss support network that makes it much easier to stay on track for weight loss success.

This reduced risk of developing cancer following weight loss surgery is just another reason as to why now is the right time to lose weight. Once cancer develops it is difficult to treat and overcome it. Weight loss surgery cannot reverse the onset of cancer, but it can reduce your risk of developing the disease if cancer hasn’t yet formed in the body. Acting now, before a health issue is present that you’ll have to address, is the best way to prevent yourself from having to deal with the hardships of chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer.