It really hit Terry White eight years ago when he was at the mall with his wife. He was out of breath every few minutes and had to sit down. “My wife told me I had to get to the gym and lose weight,” he says.
He had dieted most of his life. “I’ve probably lost 1,000 pounds over the years,” says White, a realtor in North Myrtle Beach, N.C. But he put most of it back on.
By age 59, he knew he was headed for disaster; he weighed 387 pounds at just 5 foot 6. With encouragement from a friend, he headed to Duke University Medical Center in Durham where he had gastric bypass surgery. It reduced his stomach to about the size of an egg so his body absorbed fewer calories and fat from food.
The weight just fell off, he says. He didn’t feel deprived. He just didn’t want to eat that much. In seven months he’d lost 200 pounds. That was eight years ago and seance then he’s gained back a bit, but not much. It turns out his success isn’t unique.
Earlier studies have tracked gastric bypass patients for relatively short periods of time, about 1 to 3 years. That has led to the assumption that most people who have gastric bypass surgery will eventually regain the weight.
This study, published
online on August 31 in JAMA Surgery, is one of the largest and longest to evaluate the surgery’s effects on weight loss. It also did a better job than many studies at follow-up, with 82 percent of participants staying in the study for 10 years.
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