Weight loss surgeries like gastric band are classified as cosmetic surgery but recent studies show that surgeries like these have lot more to offer than just a slimmer body. Researchers at the Stanford Medical Center say that those who had undergone gastric band surgery have shown signs of reversed aging and enjoy other health benefits.
The Stanford study trying to find the long-term impact of the surgery said that advances in surgical procedures have made gastric band surgery reliable and more effective in promoting weight loss. Moreover, weight loss aided reduction in mortality through improvement of cardiovascular system and diabetes recovery. The study had 51 volunteers with average age of 49 and BMI 44.3 taking part. Data was collected before and after surgery with results indicating an average 71% loss in total body weight among the volunteers.
Additionally, researchers performed genetic analysis specifically trying to find changes to telomeres, a key genetic material which has influence on aging process. It was found that telomeres grew longer within one year of gastric band surgery, in case of telomeres longer is better. Researchers pointed out that losing weight lowered the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) causing reduction in inflammations that damage telomeres.
“Obesity has an adverse effect on health, causes premature aging and reduces life expectancy,” said John M. Morton, MD, Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. “This is the first study to show that surgical weight loss may be able to reverse the effects. If your telomeres get longer, you’re likely to reverse the effects of aging and have a lower risk of developing a wide range of age-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart and respiratory diseases, and certain types of cancer.”
Even though, there are risks associated with gastric band but the benefits are slowly beginning to outweigh the risks. Having said that, gastric band certainly should not be your default option to lose weight.