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Bariatric surgery ‘can help reverse signs of premature ageing’

12th July 2016

A new study has offered evidence that weight loss surgery could be an effective means of addressing signs of premature ageing in overweight people.

The Medical University of Vienna research looked at data from 76 overweight people of an average age of 40 who had been unable to lose weight through lifestyle changes and were referred for bariatric surgery, with blood samples taken before surgery and one and two years afterwards.

Obese people are often prematurely old due to their increased levels of inflammation and cell ageing processes. However, this new study indicated that both of these processes showed signs of being reversed following weight loss surgery.

This represents positive news for patients who undergo bariatric surgery, as it shows that many of the damaging effects of obesity can be undone.

Lead author Dr Philipp Hohensinner, a researcher at the Medical University of Vienna, said: "Surgery is the last resort for these patients and it is good to see that not only do they lose weight, but they also reduce the stress on their body and reduce the premature ageing."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801821697-ADNFCR

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