Friday, August 9, 2013

Research finds Disparity Regarding Bariatric Surgery Between White and Black Americans

For weight loss in Los Angeles, a growing number of people are coming to trust Dr. Feiz and Associates. Led by Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., our facility offers weight loss surgery options that have improved the health, lifespand and overall quality of life for many patients from a variety of backgrounds.

Of course, as pioneers in the field gastric sleeve and related surgeries, our staff is always eager to learn about advances and new research into bariatric procedures. This often leads us to some fascinating stories, and this week was no exception. In an article in U.S. News and World Reports, a recent study reports that obese white Americans are twice as likely as obese blacks to have weight-loss surgery, despite the fact that a greater percentage of black adults qualify for the procedure.

Their research, taken from 1999 to 2010, found that 22% of black women and 11% of black men met medical eligibility guidelines for the procedure. This is in comparison to 12% of white women and 8% of white men.

This startling data has led many to question what the cause of the discrepancy may be, with insurance coverage appearing to play a significant role in the discrepancy. Yet no matter what the cause, the result is unfortunate for many black Americans who would stand to benefit a great deal from the incredible results of bariatric surgery. As our many patients are well aware, our work has been shown to alleviate the effects of diabetes and hypertension among other health issues.

No matter what your ethnic or cultural background, or your economic status, at Dr. Feiz and Associates, we are committed to positively affecting your life in any way possible. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our specialists!

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