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Bariatric Surgery Helps Teens With Severe Obesity Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Adolescents with severe obesity who had bariatric surgery showed significant improvements in cardiovascular disease risk factors like elevated blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
When exercise and diet isn't enough, some parents may want to consider stomach-reduction surgery for obese teens. Source: Roos Koole

After three years, teens with severe obesity who underwent stomach reduction surgery to lose weight also significantly improved their heart health.

A study published Monday in Pediatrics shows that blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation and insulin levels all improved, particularly among those who lost the most weight.

"The potential impact of such risk reduction translates into a reduced likelihood of developing significant heart disease later in life, including atherosclerosis, heart failure and stroke," says study author , surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, in an email. "This study serves to reinforce the benefits of bariatric surgery as a safe and effective treatment strategy that should be considered sooner rather than later."

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