Gastric bypass surgeryAccording to the American Diabetes Association’s May 10, 2011 edition of DiabetesPro SmartBrief, “Data on adults and teens who underwent gastric bypass surgery found that although both groups shed almost 70% of their excess weight, teens had more improvements in levels of good cholesterol, homocysteine and fasting glucose. Teens also had higher reduction in C-reactive protein levels, falling from an average of 7 to an average of 1.4, according to the study. The lead researcher said teens were more willing to exercise, which may account for the differences.”

The Los Angeles Times reported on the study stating that as many as one in five adolescents in the United States is obese.

In a six year study of 99 adults and 33 teens, the teen groups lost only slightly more weight at the 12-month follow up marker.

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Gastric bypass weight-loss surgery even better for heart health in teens than adults, study finds. By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2011.