11 Nov 2019 04:04 EST
Although weight loss surgeries are not usually performed in people older than 65 years, a new study shows that these procedures can lead to successful weight loss and better diabetes control in older adults. The study, presented at the annual conference of the Society of Endocrinology in Brighton, UK, shows that older patients treated with bariatric surgery (gastric bypass or gastric sheath) can recover well and reduce the risk of obesity-related complications, including heart disease and diabetes. .
It is a growing, global health epidemic that requires more effective intervention strategies to avoid undermining complications such as obesity, heart disease, kidney failure and type 2 diabetes. Weight loss surgery is rarely recommended for obese adults over the age of 65, because an increased risk is perceived, but the health and quality of life in this patient group can be severely affected for years. As a result, little data are available on the potential benefits or risks of weight loss surgery in elderly patients.
Dr. Nader Lessan and co-author of the study. Saradalekshmi Radha evaluated the results of 22 patients who had undergone weight-loss surgery after their age, attending medical centers at the Imperial College London Diabetes Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 65. Two years after weight loss surgery, patients lost 24% of their average body weight. In addition, four out of 11 patients using insulin to control type 2 diabetes were no longer needed, while the total insulin dose required for others was significantly reduced. The only adverse effects reported for two years are iron and vitamin D deficiencies in young patients.
Dr. "Although based on a small number of patients, our data show that successful weight loss and improved diabetes control can be safely achieved by surgical procedures that can have real benefits for longevity and quality of life in elderly patients.
Since this study is retrospective using available limited data, the next step would be to conduct a prospective, observational study among the elderly population. Then we can compare the results of surgery more effectively with other interventions such as medication or lifestyle changes.
Dr. An Obesity and diabetes management are challenging in old age. There is a lot of skepticism about performing weight loss surgery in patients older than 65 years. Our study suggests that these procedures can be considered as an effective intervention to assist older adults. weight loss and related complications. "
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