Life after Gastric Bypass

Many people who are considering weight reduction surgery always wonder what life after gastric bypass  surgery will be like. The stories are as varied as the reasons for obtaining a bariatric surgery procedure. I can only comment on one person’s life after gastric bypass surgery and she really did not have gastric bypass but rather Vertical Sleeve surgery.

The obvious difference is life after gastric bypass involves losing weight. As a result you cna do things you have not done in years. For example my wife who had he bariatric surgery two years ago came in the other day and informed me that she could now run. She decided to start running during her afternoon workout and she could run. She had not ran for quite a number of years, but now that she has lost close to 100 pounds running seems to be something she can now accomplish with ease.

We actually started this site as a testament to her journey with gastric bypass surgery and overall her life after gastric bypass has been positive. That is not always true as many people wind up divorced after gastric bypass surgery, but that has not been the case with us. We are doing fine. I think as long as everyone expects a positive experience with life after gastric bypass surgery then it will be a positive experience.

Exercise and Hypertension

December 26, 2006 · Filed Under excercise · 1 Comment 

One of the health problems with morbid obesity is hypertension. It has been shown that having weight loss surgery will help with hypertension and many times people can even get off hypertensive medications after they have Weight loss surgery.

It seems as though many Americans are living a life that leads to high blood pressure or hypertension. As people age, the situation gets worse. Nearly half of all older Americans have hypertension. This disease makes people five times more prone to strokes, three times more likely to have a heart attack, and two to three times more likely to experience a heart failure. Read more

What is Morbid Obesity?

December 16, 2006 · Filed Under excercise, obesity · Comment 

Morbid obesity is a term used a lot lately in the media to describe the gaining weight of people around the world. So just what is the definition? I was actually surprised by the actual definition. I always thought that morbidly obese people where ones who where as wide as they were tall, but this is not accurate. You do not have to be overly large to be considered morbidly obese.

A person is considered morbidly obese if their body mass index is above 40. This number drops to greater than 35 if they have other health problems such as diabetes or heart problems as well as other life threatening issues. People who are morbidly obese have a much higher chance of developing a lot of medical problems from heart failure, to diabetes, to cancer. There are a lot of health problems that can be attributed to obesity and the risk of these health problems increase as your BMI rises. There are many BMI calculators on the internet that you can use to see if you are classified as morbidly obese.