After surgery for weight loss, run!

अगस्त 8, 2019 Lifestyle Diseases 9256 Views


Rohini went about life with scant regard for check-ups. She firmly believed that life is short and in her thirty years, she felt the pressure to be the perfect mom, the perfect wife, the perfect daughter all rolled into one. Who had time to visit the doctor every six months, simply to check blood pressure? So what if she was more than just pleasantly plump? Something like need for weight loss or a bariatric surgery was no where in her realm.

She was used to being overweight and being called jumbo, dumpling, podgy – poo, all through her childhood. Her mother had been diagnosed with diabetes only towards the end of her golden life, when she entered her seventies and she lived to the ripe old age of 83 years without so much fuss about going easy with rice, or being forbidden to have chikoos, that she was so fond of! She had what she liked and followed her routine of unfailingly waking up every morning at 6.00 am to chant her prayers. After completing her puja at 7. 00 am, she would try to help in the kitchen by chopping vegetables or making pickles and storing them in jars and at times would polish the copper utensils.

Rohini was of the opinion that her well-regimented life was the key to longevity, where lifestyle diseases did not have any place. In Rohini’s dictionary, they simply did not exist. Rohini’s dad had a family history of cardiovascular diseases and had suffered a stroke. He too lived the life of a middle-class householder, dutifully and diligently providing for his children with his earnings, getting them the occasional treats, with a bit of splurging at Diwali.

But times had changed and Rohini did not realize that lifestyle diseases were on the rise. Despite a few snippets here and there on her What’s app, her friends in social media regularly posting about their diets and shedding kilos, she remained unaware that she could be at risk – of inheriting chronic problems. Add to that her girth, which she just didn’t care to control, as she set about assisting her husband in his business, taking stock inventory, emailing clients and vendors, day in and day out. It so happened that on a sunny afternoon, one of their employees amid a hectic round of meetings, suddenly collapsed and had to be rushed to hospital. Rohini, accompanied him to complete various formalities. After he was attended to, the nurse casually asked Rohini, about her BMI. Rohini drew a blank. On further prodding, the nurse could make out that Rohini would be a candidate headed towards a cardiac arrest (family history) or may have hypertension. It was a task convincing Rohini for a check-up, who vehemently opposed this “waste of time” and wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is the term for high blood pressure and typically does not have any symptoms as such. However, it can result in some form of heart disease, stroke and coupled with obesity proves to be quite dangerous. Those who are obese have excessive fat tissue, which increases circulating hormones that further heighten blood pressure. Overweight people tend to have an increased risk for hypertension due to other conditions like stress, kidney damage, sleep apnea etc. As more blood is required to circulate, higher pressure is needed to
circulate through the entire body. Besides, high blood sugar due to damaged kidneys also interferes with blood pressure control. For someone like Rohini, bariatric surgery would be the right option, as it would not only culminate in
weight loss (without putting on those pounds back) but also significantly reduce her high blood pressure. This in turn would greatly reduce her chances of a major life-threatening problem such as a stroke or heart attack.

What is bariatric surgery and how does it help?

Bariatric surgery is a procedure that restricts food intake by reducing the capacity of the stomach and intestines to absorb food. It influences the digestive process so that food is not broken down in the normal, natural way but curbs the calories and nutrients absorbed by the body.

Types of bariatric surgery

Basically, there are different types of bariatric surgery which greatly benefit obese people. Some of them are:

  • Adjustable gastric banding
  • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG)

For Rohini, it was a brutal but timely brush with having to do a reality check. She decided it was now or never and made the right decision to opt for bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgeries entail their own risk. For more information, book an appointment with a bariatric surgeon today.


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