Obesity contributes to serious diseases that can cause death, also known as co-morbidities. These include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke

Obesity is also linked to cancer. Obese men are more likely than non-obese men to die from cancer of the colon, rectum or prostate, while obese women are more likely to die from cancer of the gallbladder, breast, uterus, cervix or ovaries. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer.

Other health risks linked to obesity include:

  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Gastro esophageal reflux
  • Liver disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Reproductive problems in women, especially infertility
  • Depression

If you have made various attempts to lose weight without success, and have a BMI of over 35, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. For more information or to determine if you may be a candidate, please call 518-262-0942. You will be scheduled with an appointment to enter the bariatric program.