Does WLS cause Alcoholism?
Sunday, January 20, 2013
"Of the discoveries made in the field of bariatric medicine over the past year including that gastric bypass places type 2 diabetes in remission immediately after surgery in more than half of those who undergo the procedure, the study grabbed by headlines is that of a small increase in post-operative alcohol abuse."
That doesn't mean that WLS causes one to become an alcoholic, it just so happens that people who have WLS also have a lot of emotional baggage to work through and some of them turn to alcohol to cope instead of seeking help.
That's the reason it is not only recommended (and sometimes required) that a patient have a psychological evaluation before hand, but see a therapist afterwards as they adjust to their new way of life.
I've never really been a drinker and am even less so since surgery. It gets my goat a bit that there was a big study that showed overwhelming benefits of WLS for diabetes, but the one that was all over the news was the study that showed a SMALL increase in alcoholism. How many people got turned off to a life saving surgery because of the over simplification & exaggeration of that study by the news media? It's exasperating how biased they can be towards surgery.
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