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Obesity May be Evaded by Weight Loss Surgery

Surgery • • Weight LossApr 15, 10

Complication arising in pregnancy due to obesity can be evaded with weight loss surgery. If overweight women undergo weight loss surgery before they conceive, it may avert pregnancy complications.

It is known that women who are overweight have a high chance of developing complexities during pregnancy. One example of such complication is high blood pressure, or preeclampsia, which elevates the threat of premature birth and infant death.

Wendy L. Bennett, M. D., M. P. H., Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and lead researcher evinces, “We have long known that women who have these blood pressure disorders are not only at an increased risk for pregnancy complications in themselves and their babies, but also for chronic diseases in the future” .

Researchers have found that if these overweight women undergo weight loss surgery before conceiving, their chances of having preeclampsia is reduced by 75% as compared to those who underwent the surgery after delivery.

It has been revealed that nearly one third of women of reproductive age in the U. S. are obese. Obesity is labeled as having a body mass index (BMI, a measurement of weight in relation to height) over 30. Study evinces that 6%-8% of these women are overtly obese, with a BMI of over 40.

by Prakash Sharma

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