The study was published in a recent issue of Surgical Endoscopy and involved a total of 1,368 patients who were being evaluated for weight-loss surgery. Nearly 82% of all participants were female.
All patients involved in the study suffered from comorbidities related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, back pain, metabolic syndrome, and more. Generally, patients are often considered candidates for weight-loss surgery if they suffer from one or more comorbidities.
Compared to women, the men involved in the study tended to suffer from a higher number of complications from obesity than women. For example, men suffered from an average of 4.54 comorbidities, whereas women suffered from an average of 4.15 comorbidities. Men were also more likely than women to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome, and generally had higher body mass indexes (BMIs) than women.
The study authors say that overweight men can lower their risk for serious health complications if they decide to seek weight-loss surgery early on before their comorbidities worsen. When left untreated, obesity can lead to heart disease, cancer, and even death.