Health Watch - A New Body: Weight-loss Surgery

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There are industries built around exercise, surgery and products for re-shaping yourself. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about what it takes to change your body. When you don’t seem to be getting anywhere with diet and exercise, weight-loss surgery may sound tempting, but it’s not a magic formula.

Bariatric surgery can help with weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach so you eat less. But it’s not a decision to be made lightly. You should learn all about the risks and benefits. Dr. Edward Livingston, chief of gastrointestinal surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says if you have the surgery, you’ll need to commit to changing your diet, following an exercise program and keeping up with follow-up appointments with your doctor. Patients who follow the diet and exercise recommendations are more likely to lose weight and see improvements in related medical conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and heartburn.  


March 2011

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