New York, Jan 8: Bariatric surgery may cut the risk of heart diseases in adolescents who went through the procedure, according to new research.
The findings discovered that bariatric or weight-loss surgery conducted during adolescence likely to provide unique benefits later in life by minimising the development and progression of impaired glucose metabolism, atherosclerosis heart failure and stroke.
“This is the first large-scale analysis of predictors of change in cardiovascular disease risk factors among adolescents following bariatric surgery,” said Marc P Michalsky, Professor at the Ohio State University College in the US.
The study, published in the online journal Pediatrics, was carried out on more than 242 adolescents who were diagnosed with heart risk factors at the baseline.
The results revealed that prior to the bariatric surgery, 33 per cent of the participants had three or more defined cardiovascular disease risk factors.
However, three years post-surgery, only 5 per cent of study participants had three or more risk factors; representing significant reduction in the overall likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease in the future.
“The study demonstrated early improvement and reduction of cardio-metabolic risk factors, offering compelling support for bariatric surgery in adolescents,” Michalsky added.
Apart from weight loss, the surgery also minimised dyslipidemia risk among teens — a condition marked by an abnormally increased level of cholesterol present in the blood, as compared to the older people.