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Obesity co-morbidities 

Obesity co-morbidities
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Obesity co-morbidities
Author(s):

Mark Bellamy

and Michel Struys

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199233953.003.0004
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date: 15 December 2017

Not all obese patients suffer from co-morbidity.

In many cases, the presence of obesity-related co-morbidity is the reason a patient presents for surgery.

The majority of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

The waist circumference, rather than BMI, is the best predictor of type 2 diabetes.

Insulin therapy can be problematic in the morbidly obese.

There is a relationship between diet in the days prior to surgery and the degree of liver fatty infiltration at laparotomy.

In morbid obesity, moderate hypertension is present in 50% and severe hypertension in 10%.

There is a 14% additional chance of a cardiac event at 9-year follow-up for each BMI unit.

There is a BMI-related increase in the prevalence and severity of asthma.

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