July 6th, 2011
Weight Loss Surgery May Cut Inflammation, Disease Risk (HealthDay): “We’re amassing evidence that weight loss is a very important part of changing the way the body’s systems work in people with high-risk diseases like diabetes and heart disease,” chief investigator Gary D. Miller, an associate professor at Wake Forest University, said in a university news release. “It can be encouraging for people who have these diseases and need to lose weight. We’re proving that the benefits of dropping the weight are excellent,” he added. A previous study by Miller and colleagues found that gastric bypass surgery followed by a healthy diet and exercise reduces abdominal fat known to increase the risk of cancer and other diseases. “I’m hoping this research will help us show people that weight loss isnot just about dropping the pounds or about looking different. It’s about changing your body’s disease-fighting power, too,” Miller said.