Weight-loss Success! Patient Drops 200 Pounds in 2 Years

A Manatee weight Loss Patients sits in a medical robe in an office speaking to his off-screen doctor.

Patients often come to Manatee Weight Loss Center in Bradenton, FL, because they may be frustrated, defeated or anxious. Commonly called “the last resort,” bariatric patients living with obesity often need to lose an average of 100 pounds by the time they pass through the front doors. Unfortunately, they’ve probably tried a dozen other unsuccessful methods of losing weight through the years.

Fortunately, losing that many pounds – both during and after surgery – can help eliminate patients’ weight-related health conditions like prediabetes. Minimally invasive bariatric procedures can help reduce blood pressure and high cholesterol. Dropping pounds and inches may also lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, acid reflux and osteoarthritis.

Losing weight may also curb one of the most dangerous side effects of being overweight – cancer. Overweight patients are roughly 17 percent more likely to die from cancer, and they’re at higher risk of developing different types of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, dropping significant body weight can decrease the risk of breast, endometrial, colon, prostate and several other types of cancers.

Even if you do get cancer, according to NIH, you’ll have better odds if you are fighting cancer at a healthier, lighter weight.

Different Types of Weight-loss Surgery

Weight-loss success story Jonathan Bahm was faced with losing a tremendous amount of weight to regain his health and sidestep some of the more serious conditions he was facing due to 200 pounds of extra weight. Jonathan says, “I had young children, but I was unhealthy and obese.”

“I’d been big and overweight, and then obese, for most of my life,” remembers Jonathan. “I didn’t want to leave them [my kids] because I was overweight. I didn’t want to take the risk of getting diabetes or having a heart attack and letting them down.”

Jonathan’s weight-loss story >

Losing weight can improve anxiety, sleep and fatigue

Weight loss can lead to changes in your personal life, mental health, your senses and much more. In studies at National Institutes of Health (NIH), weight loss doesn’t just make your body feel good. It can help lift sluggishness and enhance mental clarity too.

In one NIH study of obese older adults, after three months of steady weight loss, patients reported significantly less depression, fatigue and mental fogginess.

After surgery, sustaining a leaner, healthy weight may lower the risk for depression and other mental health problems. According to NIH research, in addition to substantial improvements in the physical (or functional) quality of life, a bariatric patient might come to expect personal and professional relationships to naturally shift and change after weight-loss surgery.

Meeting one-on-one with the bariatric surgeon

During your first office visit at Manatee Weight Loss Center in Bradenton, FL, the bariatric surgeon will ask about medical history and prescribed medications. This information helps determine which minimally invasive procedure, if any, is the best fit for you. You’ll also discuss healthcare insurance coverage, clinical provider referrals and medical clearance from other physicians.

Patients may need specialist referrals for a nutritionist, psychiatrist, gastroenterologist or other doctors who can support your weight loss surgery plan. Depending on the medical history, a cardiologist, podiatrist or pharmacist may also be recommended.

What happens when you lose over 200 pounds?

Weight loss doesn’t just make your body feel good. It does a whole lot more. In a study of obese older adults – three months after their weight-loss procedures – patients reported less tension and emotional strain. And the comfort went both ways. People whose moods were more balanced and positive most often dropped more pounds than their stressed-out counterparts, according to NIH.

Sustaining a healthier body weight has been shown to lower the risk for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. A good mood and a healthy weight go together, says Jonathan. “I’m very thankful to my doctors at Manatee Weight Loss Center. I couldn’t be happier.”

Ready to lose weight?

For information on Manatee Weight Loss Center in Bradenton, FL, complete a patient interest form or call 941-254-4957.

Blue Distinction® Centers for Bariatric Surgery

Manatee Memorial Hospital recognized by the Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® Association (BCBSA) with a Blue Distinction® Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. These nationally designated healthcare facilities demonstrate a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.

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