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You have likely done plenty of research on bariatric surgery and know that the Body Mass Index or BMI is the primary tool for measuring whether a patient qualifies for bariatric surgery. According to 1991 federal guidelines, patients with a BMI of 35 or more with one or more obesity-related comorbidities may qualify for bariatric surgery. Patients with a BMI of 40 or over may be eligible regardless of their obesity-related conditions. That said, the definition of obesity is arbitrary because the BMI does not consider many of the traits and qualities that make us all different. For example, the degree to which obesity or excess weight may be problematic varies based on race, body type, musculature, and gender; even where you keep and accumulate your fat can make a significant difference in the risk of follow-on diseases.
Pancreatic cancer effects more than 53,000 people a year and has one of the highest mortality rates when it comes to types of cancer. Countless well-known people have lost their lives while fighting against pancreatic cancer. Dr. Abbas joins News4JAX to discuss why that is.