Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket addresses the growing incidence of obesity and diabetes to residents of Raipur

Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket addresses the growing incidence of obesity and diabetes to residents of Raipur


Dr. Pradeep Chowbey

Renowned Bariatric Surgeon and Padma Shri Dr. Pradeep Chowbey threw light on the causes, prevention and surgical solution to fight the health issue


Raipur,  January, 2016: Padma Shri and renowned bariatric surgeon of India Dr. Pradeep Chowbey, Chairman of Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Executive Vice-Chairman, Max Healthcare educated the residents of Raipur and its neighbouring regions about the increasing incidence of Diabetes and Obesity.


A recent study in Lancet (published in 2014) stated that India stands at #3 amongst countries with maximum number of obese citizens. Increasingly sedentary lifestyle, erratic eating habits, lack of physical exercise, higher consumption of junk food and spiking stress levels have shot of up the number of residents suffering from obesity and those prone to diabetes.A recent report by WHO showed that stress levels among Indian women has increased multiple-folds in the past years making them the most stressed people in the world.The problem of diabetes and obesity has crossed all boundaries of age, gender, culture today:

  • The prevalence of obesity among adolescents (13-18 years) has grown from 16% to 29% over the last five years.More than 15 million children are estimated to be overweight in India.
  • Gestational diabetes (a condition wherein diabetes is recognised for the first time during pregnancy) has increased by 15% in the past 5 years
  • Morbid obesity is affecting more than 5-6% of the population today


The symptoms of approximately 80-90% of the patients who are diabetic or at the tipping point of diabetes, have been triggered due to the problem of obesity. While diabetes alone may not be completely treatable, ‘diabesity’ or diabetes associated with obesity can be treated.


Commenting on this growing epidemic of ‘diabesity’ and the urgent issue of ‘obesity’, Dr. Pradeep Chowbey, Chairman, Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, New Delhi said “Obesity is one of the major causes of preventable mortality in India today which in itself is alarming fact. In India, 2-2.5 million people are obese out of which 40-60% are Type 2 diabetics. At Max Healthcare, it is our continuous endeavour to spread awareness about this growing health issue. All it takes are small and simple lifestyle changes like 30-minutes walking every day, eating healthy, drink more fluids among others that is a step towards a longer and healthier life. Unfortunately today, with the rapidly increasing number of diabesity cases, India is sitting on a ticking bomb”.


He further added “Bariatric surgery is not a shortcut to weight loss but a treatment for obesity-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol and sleep disorders, among others. Patients with BMI over 32.5kg/m2 combined with Type 2 diabetes should be recommended bariatric surgery or surgery for morbid obesity as an early intervention. It is a life-saving surgery and should not be confused with liposuction which is a cosmetic procedure.”


In the recent years, studies have shown that obesity surgery can improve or even cure diabetes. It was seen that obese patients with type 2 diabetes who underwent surgery for weight loss had a marked improvement in diabetes after surgery. It was also seen that substantial and long-term weight loss after Diabetes surgery causes resolution of diabetes and increases the lifespan. In diabetic patients who are obese, the mainstay of treatment is oral medicines or insulin therapy as prescribed by their endocrinologist. However, if conventional treatment fails to control diabetes and their attempts at losing weight fail, they should seek surgical options. Diabetes Surgery (metabolic surgery) is the Obesity surgery or weight loss surgery that is performed in obese patients who have type II diabetes.


Earlier bariatric surgical procedures were done with large incision on body but now with the help of laparoscopy (keyhole) surgical techniques there is less tissue damage, quick post-operative recovery and shorter hospital stay. Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has been accredited as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation, USA  where best in class services in terms of surgical expertise and state of the infrastructure is provided customized to the needs of obese patients.


Padma Shri Dr Pradeep Chowbey, was present in Raipur to attend Indian Medical Association (IMA) Conference.


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