Weight Loss Programs - Losing Weight | UnityPoint Health

Find a Weight Loss Plan for You

If you're considering your weight loss options, we invite you to spend time learning about the journey of a weight loss patient. We'll take you step-by-step through the advantages of working with our comprehensive team, the decisions on which weight loss method suits you and then prepare you for what to expect as you take the first step in transforming your life.

Two Primary Weight Loss Options: Surgical and Healthy Lifestyles (Non-Surgical)

There are two types of weight loss programs at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. The Healthy Lifestyles weight loss program is a non-surgical commitment where you work directly with a team of experts to set long-term health goals and behavior modification. 

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The surgical weight loss program offers three different surgery options to patients who have undergone intense preparation. The patients must agree to continuous follow-up for the remainder of their lives. Continuous follow-up increases a patient's overall long-term success.  

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Excessive weight affects your life - your self-esteem, energy level, and places limitations on daily activities. Obesity can also affect how long you live. Carrying excess weight increases your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions. But, it doesn't have to - studies show significant weight loss improves, or even resolves, these conditions. 

Diabetes and Obesity

Obesity increases risk of diabetes. Almost 90 percent of people newly diagnosed with diabetes are overweight or obese, according to the American Diabetes Association. An obese person has double the risk of developing diabetes. A severely obese person has ten times the risk. Approximately 95 percent of all diabetics in the United States are type 2 diabetics.

Complications of diabetes include heart disease, blindness, nerve damage and kidney damage. People with diabetes can lose limbs from nerve damage, ulcers and infections.

Improvements in or remission of diabetes with bariatric surgery can partially be explained by effects on glucose metabolism and changes in gut hormones that favor improvements in diabetes. Questions remain regarding the role that weight loss surgery can play in treating, and potentially curing, diabetes.