October 26 is World Obesity Day. As I said in my last post, obesity cannot be taken lightly at all. There are many causes that could lead to it, and there are many solutions.
At CODS, our first step is to understand why the patient is obese. It is important to remember, and state here, that most people come to us after they have exhausted a number of options. So it’s imperative that we examine and understand the case thoroughly.
Obesity can be caused by hereditary or genetic factors; by hormonal imbalances; or by poor lifestyle choices such as an unhealthy diet and sedentary routines.
Obesity can lead to a number of medical conditions such as:
Raised pressure in the brain
Obstructive sleep apnea
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease
Irregular menstrual Periods
High incidence of infertility in women
Decreased sperm count in men
Stress urinary incontinence
Swelling of the legs
Type II diabetes
Dyslipaedemia (high cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL )
High uric acid levels (gout )
20% higher risk of breast and uterine cancer in females and 8% higher risk of prostrate and colon cancer in males
Depression and psychosocial exile
The good news, though, is that with the medical advances that have been made and the rate at which our knowledge is updated, obese patients can be helped in several ways. At CODS, for example, we have non-surgical methods such as nutritional counselling, exercise and bioentric intragastric balloon. Bariatric surgery also has many variations, and we choose what suits each patient depending on their unique case history.
Here’s a wonderful infographic that tells you what you can do to start becoming and stay healthy.