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Treat morbid obesity with a low carb diet before trying surgery

Morbid obesity is a condition in which an individual's weight exceeds twice their ideal body weight. Such individuals are at a very high risk of developing life threatening illnesses and serious psychological consequences. Most of these individuals will escape symptoms and/or diseases in early life. However, by middle age, individuals with morbid obesity are likely to develop heart disease, hypertension, pulmonary disorders, gall stones, degenerative arthritis, and severe carbohydrate intolerance (type II diabetes mellitus).

Severely obese individuals may develop shortness of breath with the slightest physical activity. These individuals may find it very difficult to walk and to get in and out of bed without some kind of mechanical assistance. Also, morbidly obese individuals may experience severe joint pain resulting from an excess amount of weight being placed upon large body joints, such as the knees.

The emotional and psychological suffering associated with morbid obesity can be devastating, especially in a culture that strongly equates being thin with being attractive. Morbidly obese individuals may develop negative self images that lead to a feeling of low self esteem and depression. Morbidly obese individuals are likely to suffer from stigmatization and discrimination to the point that they feel shameful and guilty about their weight.

The cause of morbid obesity is not well understood. Many factors are involved in causing an individual to become morbidly obese. The most common factor is a combination of a genetic predisposition and an over- indulgence in eating high calorie, high carbohydrate foods. It is the general consensus among medical experts that childhood or early teenage onset obesity have this background.

Obesity that has its onset during early childhood or starts during the teenage years can reach massive proportions by early adulthood if not brought under control. Usually, obesity that begins in midlife does not usually reach the morbid state.

It is the general consensus among many medical experts that morbid obesity is unresponsive to medical treatment. As a result, surgical intervention is necessary for weight reduction. Morbidly obese individuals should make surgery their last resort. The surgical procedures used to bring about weight reduction are risky and costly.

All morbidly obese individuals should commit themselves to following a high quality low calorie, low carbohydrate diet for at least one year before undergoing surgery for weight reduction. There are excellent commercial diets available that can bring about significant weight losses in morbidly obese individuals. If you lose 30 to 50 pounds in one year on a low calorie, low carbohydrate diet, you should think twice before undergoing any surgical procedure for weight reduction.

You should always keep in mind that significant weight loss does not occur overnight. You must select a balanced diet plan, one with adequate amounts of protein, low in fat, low in calories, low in carbohydrates, and rich in vitamins and minerals. It is absolutely necessary that the diet is a healthy one because you have to commit yourself to life time healthy eating.

The surgical operations for eliminating morbid obesity are designed to reduce the daily intake of food to approximately 800 calories until weight reduction is achieved. The two most common operations are: gastric bypass and gastric stapling. Gastric bypass is the oldest and the most popular surgical treatment for morbid obesity. This procedure decreases intestinal absorption by shortening the small intestines to decrease the absorption of foods.

Gastric stapling is the second most common surgical procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity. This procedure involves placing staples across the upper portion of the stomach to reduce its size. If you are considering surgery for weight reduction you should discuss the pros and cons of each procedure with your surgeon.

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