People who suffer from nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH for short, may find relief after undergoing bariatric surgery. A recent study found that bariatric surgery can be especially helpful for those who are considered obese and not merely overweight.

NASH is a liver disease that arises when fat accumulates in this organ. It causes inflammation and can lead to permanent damage and even cirrhosis over time. Although the condition doesn’t always worsen, its potential ramifications make it a disease most patients and their doctors prefer to address head on.

A recent study into the benefits of weight loss surgery in the treatment of NASH revealed some promising findings. The study focused on the benefits of using gastric bypass procedures to address weight-related concerns that may promote the condition. Researchers ultimately found that surgery could increase the quality-adjusted life-years of patients rather dramatically as opposed to those who underwent no treatment at all. Some benefits were still found in patients who were overweight, as well.

Obesity is a serious concern in the United States where it is estimated that more than a third of the population is overweight. This condition has been linked to a variety of life-limiting health concerns. In addition to NASH, obesity is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer, among other serious illnesses. Addressing obesity through procedures such as the gastric bypass can help lower risks for certain diseases while offering help treating others.

People who are obese and suffer from NASH may want to consider talking to their healthcare providers about their weight loss options. Bariatric surgery has been proven to be a safe and effective way to address weight-related concerns. Whether surgery is a viable option or not, losing weight can have positive impacts on overall health and may benefit those who suffer from obesity-related NASH.