ST. LOUIS, Jun 16, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Liposuction cannot be substituted for dieting to prevent metabolic disorders such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, U.S. researchers said.
A study at Washington University School of Medicine found removing abdominal fat using modern liposuction techniques does not provide the same medical benefits associated with weight loss through dieting.
Excess abdominal fat is linked with a defect in insulin's ability to regulate sugar and fat metabolism, which can lead to type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Although liposuction provides no medical benefits, the study found removing fat through this procedure is safe.
"It was remarkable how similar the results were before and after (liposuction)," said Dr. Samuel Klein, a professor of medicine and nutritional science. "There were no changes in insulin sensitivity, blood lipids, blood pressure or inflammatory markers associated with coronary heart disease in any of our study subjects."
Researchers emphasized the need for less eating and more exercise to treat obesity. The metabolic benefits of weight loss seem to be achieved by attaining a negative energy balance -- consuming fewer calories than you burn -- rather than liposuction.
Copyright 2004 by United Press International.