Motivation Critical to Success of Medical Weight-Loss Programs

Dr. Mustafa Ahmed

To achieve permanent weight loss and overall improved health, a patient must willingly commit to life-long changes in nutrition and exercise habits.

“Personal commitment, motivation and a strong desire to ‘enjoy’ one’s new lifestyle” are the true ingredients driving the success of any medical weight-loss program, according to surgeon, Mustafa Ahmed, MD, of Southern Nevada Bariatrics. “Gastric surgery is simply a tool. To achieve permanent weight loss and overall improved health, a patient must willingly commit to life-long changes in nutrition and exercise habits,” emphasized Dr. Ahmed, who is board-certified in internal medicine, surgery and surgical critical care.

Dr. Ahmed’s comments follow release of several recent weight-loss studies, all indicating the long-term success of surgical interventions in treating obesity, a chronic disease.

A study published in May of this year (2017) in the International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal determined that a common surgical therapy to reduce the size of the stomach – Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) – generated a highly diverse, healthy community of microbes in a patient’s gut. This new, microbial milieu may be responsible, at least in part, for helping surgical patients maintain weight loss for long periods of time, scientists said. Low diversity of gut-dwelling bacteria is associated with obesity, as well as with a variety of other diseases, including ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease.

In research presented November 2016 at a conference hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Society, authors reported a significant increase in long-term survival benefits for patients, especially older patients, who underwent gastric-bypass surgery. Specifically, the study found “significant improvement or remission in diabetes and high blood pressure” among the nearly 2,700 patients who underwent gastric surgery between 2004 and 2014.

“What these studies are telling us is that metabolic-bariatric surgery is proving to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for severe obesity, which is linked to higher rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep…

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