Millions of Americans struggle with obesity, which can cause other complications
such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, sleep apnea and even cancer. It
can often rob people of their self-esteem and self-worth, causing feelings
of isolation and even depression. But here is a fact: obesity is a disease
and is treatable.
Obesity is a metabolic disease and is present when a person has a Body
Mass Index (BMI) over 35% . While lifestyle and habits are crucial elements
of losing weight and keeping it off, many people are not able to control
their obesity with diet and exercise alone. One of the most serious risks
of obesity is developing Type 2 diabetes.
In May of this year, 45 international professional organizations, diabetes
clinicians and researchers formally recognized and recommended bariatric
surgery as a standard treatment option for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
This includes people who have a mild case of obesity but fail to respond
to conventional treatment.
The Valley Health Metabolic & Bariatric Program works with individuals
who have obesity and want to regain control of their health. We know that
one approach will not work for everyone. That’s why we have several
different types of surgical and non-surgical programs available for our
patients. Our staff of physicians, advanced care practitioners, therapists
and dietitians have come together to create the most comprehensive metabolic
and bariatric program in the region. Check out this infographic which
helps explain the severity of obesity and what the Valley Health Metabolic
and Bariatric Program is doing about it.