After years of obesity, is the damage done?

Updated on August 13, 2020 in Post-Operation Surgery Questions & Answers
4 on January 22, 2020

Many members here have struggled for years with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, knee pain, and other medical complications and I’m no different.  It’s got me thinking that maybe the damage has already been done.  Is it even reversible?  Will having weight-loss surgery and getting my BMI down to a healthy range  make a difference at this point or have I already done lasting damage to my body?  I’m starting to panic a bit that I’ve ruined my chances for good health?

 
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0 on January 23, 2020

I’m in the same boat and I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve caused some permanent wear and tear  on my body, especially in my joints.  However, I’m also optimistic that I’ll see some health benefits as I change my lifestyle too.  I haven’t had surgery yet, so that’s all kind of up in the air.  One thing I am certain about, is that if I continue down the path of eating a poor diet, bingeing regularly, and remaining sedentary, it means that my health will only further deteriorate in the future.

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0 on January 24, 2020

Some people have weight-loss surgery in order to put their type 2 diabetes into remission and that’s a huge win for physical health.  Blood pressure will often stabilize once the person has a  BMI in a reasonable range and there’s less sodium consumption.  

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0 on January 25, 2020

I am sure that some things aren’t reversible, such as joint damage. But there are other things that having weight-loss surgery can certainly help with, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Of course nobody can make any guarantees, but I think it’s definitely worth a try. In any case, weight-loss surgery can help you become a healthier person overall, even if it doesn’t reverse some of the health conditions you have. 

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0 on August 13, 2020

The joint damage may be there, but having less weight on those joints greatly reduces the wear and tear in the future. Also you’ll be able to build up more muscle to support those joints.

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