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Studies have shown that while the average age of the population is getting older, older people are also getting fatter. Researchers are now investing in methods of reducing the obesity epidemic and resultant risks, including high blood pressure, diabetes, reflux disease and sleep apnea, in the older population. One method involves surgery to decrease the size of the stomach and bypass an amount of the small bowel where food is absorbed, called gastric bypass surgery. It has proven to be more effective in seniors than younger populations, reversing many obesity-related diseases within 2 years of surgery. Another surgical method is gastric banding where a band is placed in the top part of the stomach that can be inflated, inducing a feeling of fullness. This can be done laparoscopically, however both operations are said to be safe for elderly patients. Exercise and a healthy well-balanced diet are encouraged before and continuing after the operations, with motivation achieved through support programmes.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News release, American Sociaty for Bariatric Surgery
About: Surgery a viable option for elderly obese
Date: 1 July 2005
Source: News release, American Sociaty for Bariatric Surgery
Author: Miranda Hitti
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