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Health 2,614 views Nov 23, 2011
Thinner People Are More Likely To Die From Surgery

If you are a little underweight, consider this; thinner people are more likely to die from surgery than their heavier counter parts. Researchers do not have an explanation, but studies suggest that it might have something to do with body mass index (BMI). The selected data that researchers observed showed that 3,245 patients out of 189,533 patients had died within 30-days after surgery between the years 2005 and 2006.


By standard cutoffs, a body mass index (BMI):


Underweight= BMI =18.5 or less

Normal weight= BMI of 18.5 to 24.9

Overweight= BMI of 25 to 29.9

Obese= BMI of 30 or higher


Researchers noted that patients who had a body mass index of 23.1 (thin range), were 40 percent more likely to die after 30 days after surgery than those who had a body mass index of 26.3 to 29.6 (overweight range). This shows that the lower the patient’s body mass index was, the more likely they were going to die after surgery.


Although, some surgeries did show the opposite effect, that the higher the body mass index was, the higher the death rate after surgery. Weight and its association with mortality after surgery, depends on the type of surgery being conducted. Meaning, maybe we should focus more on preventing ever really needing surgery in the first place.

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