Weight-loss surgery linked to increased suicide risk

Weight-loss can be an endless battle… I know patients who feel like they put on five pounds every time they look at a muffin… they’ve tried every diet under the sun — and all they ended up watching day in and day out was that number on the scale creeping higher and higher.

If that sounds like you — and if you’re significantly overweight — it may just be a matter of time before a doctor suggests gastric bypass surgery.

You’ll hear that the weight will melt away like ice cream on a hot day. But here’s something they won’t tell you — if the physical toll of this surgery doesn’t kill you, the emotional toll might.

A new study published this month in the journal JAMA Surgery, found that people who underwent surgery to lose weight were a whopping 54 per cent more likely to harm themselves or attempt suicide than before surgery.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t this surgery supposed to help you look and feel better?

Who’d want to harm themselves just as they’re getting a new lease on life?

Well, gastric bypass isn’t nearly as simple as they’d have you believe.

You see, rerouting your digestive tract wreaks havoc on your hormone levels and throws important neurotransmitters in your gut out of whack. That can bring on a sudden — and severe — case of depression.

But the biggest risk is that many of the people who get gastric bypass never deal with the real cause of their obesity — and that’s an addiction to food.

The problem? Once a surgeon shrinks your stomach down to the size of a shot glass, you may just trade your food addiction for another one, like drugs.

In the study, almost three in four of the self-inflicted injuries involved drug overdoses.

And, as I’ve told you before, gastric bypass surgery doesn’t have to turn you suicidal to harm you.

Some of the immediate complications of the surgery can include infections, bowel obstructions, and even deadly haemorrhages.

And over time, gastric bypass has been linked to kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness and dangerously low blood pressure.

If you’re seriously overweight, you know you need to do something about it quickly. The longer you wait, the more years you shave off your life.

But talk to your doctor about switching to weight-loss friendly eating plans like the Paleo diet and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) supplements that can significantly curb your appetite.

Because quick fixes like gastric bypass aren’t going to give you a new lease on life. But they may end up shortening it.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Weight-loss surgery linked to increased suicide risk, foxnews.com

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