A gastric balloon is a type of weight loss tool inserted into the gut to induce the feeling of fullness. The balloon is made from deflated soft silicon. The balloon is inserted via the mouth. Then, the balloon is gradually filled with air or saline solution to inflate. Because there is less room for food in the stomach, the patient feels fuller faster and eats less.
We all know that gastric balloon has its own weight loss benefits but what about the health benefits of this weight loss alternative?
One of the reasons why weight loss surgeries are dangerous is the increased risk of infection. The lengthy recovery period is also a concern among patients who lead an active lifestyle. Because the gastric balloon is inserted into the gut without undergoing surgery, there is no downtime at all. You can get it done in under 20 minutes and continue with your normal, day-to-day schedule right after.
Promotes Mindful Eating
When you have better control over your appetite, you are able to enjoy food. You don’t inhale your meal within seconds nor come back for seconds. The gastric balloon allows you to control your meals so you don’t overeat. You have more time savoring the flavors and chewing your meal. Do note that some patients report an intense feeling of nausea after eating. To avoid feeling nauseous after eating, avoid sugary or fatty foods.
Gradual Weight Loss
Gastric balloon is a proven safe and effective weight loss treatment. On average, you can expect 35% to 40% weight loss from this procedure. In one study, 81 obese and overweight individuals lost an average of 20 pounds in less than 7 months of gastric balloon procedure. In a separate study, 19 obese individuals were able to lose an average of 29 pounds in just 6 months.
Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Obesity is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, obesity has turned into a pandemic, affecting millions of people all over the world. A gastric balloon treatment offsets the risk of obesity to the health by reducing appetite. Indirect benefits of gastric balloon treatment include reduced risk of hypertension, stroke and heart disease.
Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease that affects millions of people around the world. In the US alone, an estimated 29.1 million people are living with type 2 diabetes while 8.1 million could be afflicted with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. This condition is caused by insulin resistance set off by poor lifestyle and diet choices. A gastric balloon treatment minimizes the risk of insulin resistance by reducing the appetite. When you have control over your appetite, you make better food choices. That translates to a healthy body!
The ideal candidates for gastric balloon treatment are patients with “unusually high Body Mass Index or BMI.” Usually, these people are morbidly obese individuals who are at least 100 pounds overweight. The excess weight puts a lot of strain on the knees, joints and legs. By losing weight, there’s less pressure on the joints. This improves mobility.