Weight Loss Surgery May Increase Suicide Risk: This Week on AOL HealthPosted on Oct 5th 2010 11:00AM by Alyssa Sparacino
This weight loss method, which adjusts digestion and limits food intake, is typically considered an option for severely obese individuals who haven't had success with dieting and exercise alone.
Over the course of 10 years, researchers followed more than 16,500 Pennsylvanians who had the surgery, and results showed a suicide rate of almost 14 out of 10,000 men each year and five out of every 10,000 women each year.
Comparatively, the suicide rates for every 10,000 people in the state were 2.5 for men and only 0.6 for women.
AOL Health has the complete story and thoughts from Dr. Christos Ballas, a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania.
With the help of expert trainers, participants on this season's "Biggest Loser" will surely drop some pounds sans surgery. Read more on That's Fit.