Weight Loss Surgery to Combat Type 2 Diabetes in Obese Patients - MarketWatch (press release)

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LOS ANGELES, Sep 20, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- According to the International Diabetes Federation, bariatric surgery should be considered earlier in the treatment of eligible patients to help curb the complications that can be caused by diabetes. According to its position statement, under certain circumstances, the health of obese people with type 2 diabetes can substantially benefit from bariatric surgery under certain circumstances, including their glucose control and other obesity related comorbid conditions.

Obesity can affect how long a person can live. Carrying excess weight increases the risk of developing life-threatening medical conditions including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Studies demonstrate that significant weight loss can improve, and in some cases even resolve, these conditions.

LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding system, which is an alternative to gastric bypass surgery, has a history of proven success in helping patients reach their long-term weight loss goals

LAP-BAND surgery, which is offered at many weight loss clinics across the country, is approved by FDA for persons with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30, who are at least 30 pounds over their ideal weight and suffer from one or more obesity-related comorbid health conditions

For these patients, LAP-BAND system may be able to help them lose weight, have a more active lifestyle and avoid weight related health conditions.

LAP-BAND effectively reduces the amount of the food that your stomach can hold at one time, which helps to gradually lose weight and keep it off. The procedure, which is performed by a trained and certified surgeon at a weight loss clinic, is up to 10 times safer than more extensive weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass and gastric sleeve and has fewer risks. The recovery time for the procedure is generally faster as well, and patients are able to get back to their normal activities in about one week. LAP-BAND system reduces the capacity of the stomach, restricting the amount of food consumed at one time, so patients feel full faster, feel full for a longer time, and end up eating less food.

This system has helped thousands of persons lose weight, but to find out whether a patient is a good candidate for this procedure, the patient should visit a weight loss center and review their medical history with a doctor. For more information, visit http://www.weightlosscenters.com .

LAP-BAND is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc. Weightlosscenters.com does not offer any medical advice nor does it provide any medical treatment.

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20 Sep, 2011

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