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Get the latest news about obesity and childhood obesity, find out about new bariatric surgery studies, and read about others who have experienced success with weight-loss surgery. 

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Bariatric surgery improves women’s sexual health

According to a new study published in the November 4 issue of JAMA Surgery, women who undergo bariatric surgery experience better sexual function and quality of life following surgery. Women are also able to experience an increase in reproductive hormones as a result of losing an excessive amount of weight.

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Bariatric surgery can lower cancer risk for some patients

Doctors have understood for some time that excess weight is associated with a number of health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and even an increased risk of cancer. As obesity continues to be a health problem in most developed countries, scientists are attempting to learn more about the relationship between weight and cancer in order to better understand exactly how excess weight encourages cancer growth. New research published in the science journal Nature helps shed some light on the exact mechanisms at work and indicates that obesity can increase the risk of liver, esophageal, pancreatic, colorectal and other cancers.

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Bariatric surgery can lower the risk for uterine cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, uterine cancer is the most common type of cancer associated with the woman’s reproductive system, and affects nearly 50,000 women every year in the United States. Additionally, endometrial cancer, which occurs in the inner lining of the uterus, accounts for 95 percent of all uterine cancers.

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Adjustable gastric banding provides cost-effective treatment for diabetes

A study published in the September issues of Diabetes Care indicates that both adjustable gastric banding and gastric bypass may be cost-effective methods of treating diabetes and reducing diabetes-related deaths in obese adults.

Researchers from RTI International and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention used the CDC's Cost-Effectiveness model to simulate the costs of bariatric surgery compared to continued diabetes treatment in adults with a BMI of 35 or higher. The research looked at two different groups of people: those who have had diabetes for more than 10 years and those who have been diagnosed with diabetes within the last five years.

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Low blood sugar rare after bariatric surgery

Having low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can occur as a result of many factors, including having diabetes, taking certain medications, drinking alcohol excessively, or having critical illnesses or deficiencies that affect insulin production.

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