Dr. Oz, the famous cardiac surgeon, author and television show host, is featured in the October issue of Prevention magazine discussing how individuals should focus on weight loss, exercise, and proper sleep for better overall health.
Severely overweight Americans suffer from a variety of serious medical conditions and have a mortality rate far above average. Dr. Oz explains, “Listen, if you’re one hundred pounds overweight at age fifty, you have the same mortality rate as if you have a solid cancer. Would you operate for cancer? Yeah. So if you cannot lose that weight, get one of these procedures. You have to do it with counseling and full awareness of what you’re doing, of course. But if you get people to start losing 5% of their excess body weight, you’re really taking a big whack out of the two-thirds of Americans.”
As part of his quest to see individuals get the weight off to start living healthier lives, Dr. Oz advocates gastric bypass surgery, which he claims is an under-utilized tool in the fight against obesity. “We probably do only 1% of the gastric bypass surgeries we should do,” he says in the interview.
According to current research, weight loss surgery can improve or resolve associated health conditions in nearly 90% of surgical patients including:
- High blood pressure
- High triglycerides
- Sleep apnea
- Gastric reflux
- Osteoarthritis of weight-bearing joints
- Urinary stress incontinence
- Menstrual irregularities
Source: “Dr. Oz advocates more gastric bypass surgery” USA Today