"There are many additional benefits," said Alvarado Hospital's Dr. Julie Ellner.
"A common side effect to the gastric bypass procedure is the reduction or elimination of Type 2 diabetes.
The gastric bypass procedure reduces the amount of nutrients absorbed by the small intestine, which appears to have a rapid and beneficial effect on diabetes."
Dr. Ellner, who is the medical director of Alvarado's Surgical Weight-Loss Program, added that according to the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, cancer mortality can be reduced by 60 percent for those who undergo bariatric surgery.
The group also reports that death in association with diabetes is reduced by more than 90 percent and from heart disease by more than 50 percent.
If you have decided to get serious about weight loss and want to learn more about your surgical weight loss and insurance/payment options, join Dr. Ellner
for dinner at the popular farm-to-table Terra American Bistro on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. for a three-course dinner and discussion on the Lap-Band, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.