Bariatric surgery — a weight loss technique — used to be regarded as a way to lose weight by celebrities and the wealthy. Medical experts say the procedure could now be key to treating chronic diseases including hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular issues.Meaghen Burns, who is 34 years old, had the procedure in 2017. She was 291 pounds, had high blood pressure and her A1C was nearly 13.Burns said those conditions went away after bariatric surgery. “I did it to be a healthier mom, a healthier woman and to have a better chance at life,” she said.Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center surgeon Stacy Brethauer said it is time to reconsider how we look at obesity.“By the time they get to my office for bariatric surgery, they've been...
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Experts say weight loss surgery could be key in treating chronic diseases