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Radical Gastric Bypass Surgery Heightens the Effects of Alcohol

According to a study conducted it has been noted that the radical gastric bypass surgery heightens the effect of alcohol.In a frantic bid to loose weight they end up with drink problem and more weight.

Obesity is one of the leading, if not the leading, public health crisis in the industrialized world. More than 60 percent of adult Americans are overweight, 23.9 percent are obese and 3 percent are extremely obese. Being overweight can lead to a slew of life-threatening problems, including diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

Losing weight is an uphill battle especially for the morbidly obese. Diet and exercise often fail. Drugs are not very effective. And in the end, many people suffer for years only to be left with one last and very expensive resort: surgery.

According to the new study, bariatric surgery -- especially gastric bypass, which reduces the size of the stomach and adds a bypass around part of the small intestine -- is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity. It is also one of the most common obesity operation performed in the United States with about 177,600 people undergoing the procedure last year. Federal guidelines say a person should be at least 100 pounds overweight and should have tried traditional weight-loss means before choosing surgery.

Bariatric surgery isn't a cure-all. There are still significant diet and lifestyle changes that need to be enforced. Bypass surgery cuts the amount of alcohol metabolized by the stomach and patients who have gastric bypass are more susceptible to the effects of alcohol.

Dr. John Morton, director of bariatric surgery at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics conducted a study involving 19 people who had had gastric bypass surgery at least one year prior.

All participants then underwent an Dr. John Morton every five minutes until the levels reached zero.

The gastric bypass patients had a peak alcohol level of 0.08 percent, vs. 0
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