Weight-Loss Surgery May Bring Long-Term Benefits to Very Obese Teens

3 years later, most had rid themselves of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, study found.

Weight-loss surgeries, long used by obese adults to drop excess pounds, may provide long-lasting health benefits to very obese teenagers, a new study finds.

The study of extremely obese teens found that, three years after either gastric bypass surgery or a procedure called sleeve gastrectomy, the average patient had lost 27 percent of his or her original weight.

What’s more, many also showed remission of obesity-linked ills such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

“We found significant improvements in weight, cardiometabolic health and weight-related quality of life at three years after the [weight-loss] procedure,” wrote a team led by Dr. Thomas Inge, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

His team published the findings online Nov. 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine, to coincide with a planned presentation of the findings at the Obesity Week annual meeting in Los Angeles.

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