Healthy Weighs

Obesity and Gastric Ulcers

Most of us are familiar with the health problems associated with obesity – there is high blood pressure, diabetes and/or joint problems just to name a few. These are serious health issues in themselves, but recently new research has come out saying that obesity may also cause an increased risk of developing gastric ulcers.

Having more fat mass causes increased inflammation in the entire body, including the gastrointestinal tract or gut. This inflammation may cause the gut cells to not ward away negative processes and may make them more prone to developing an ulcer.

The gut contains important bacteria that maintain health in that area, but these cells are weakened by inflammation so they aren’t able to do their job as well. A good example of this would be to think about when you have a cold and just don’t get as much done in a day as you would when you’re feeling healthy.

A body mass index (BMI) of >30 is considered obese, to be considered overweight your BMI would be 25-29.9. A normal BMI will put you at a decreased risk for diseases associated with being obese or overweight including, as research suggests, potentially developing an ulcer.

By: Molly McBrayer, Clinical Manager Bariatric and Metabolic Services

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