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Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes

Weight loss surgery hits two birds with one stone–curing diabetes and obesity

For all those who suffer from diabetes will relate that there’s an issue of the treatment gap that exists in diabetes care. 415 millions people suffer from poorly controlled diabetes worldwide.

The first logical step in tackling type-2 diabetes is to diet and exercise. However most of time that fails, which prompts patients to resort to pharmacotherapy and polypharmacy.

According to Diabetes Care, only about one-third of patients achieve the recommended glycemic target set by the American Diabetes Association.

Are there other options? Weight loss surgery.

Bariatric surgery is associated with the greatest likelihood of diabetes reversal and improvement. However, very few patients considered bariatric surgery as treatment option for diabetes due to its invasive nature and high risk—until recently. Today weight loss surgery has been a popular treatment options in the war against obesity and diabetes.

Dietary and medical therapy for severe obesity has minimal short-term success.

Therefore weight loss surgery became a viable choice to sustain weight loss and cure obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and many others.

Before someone can qualify for a weight loss surgery, certain must be met.

  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, which is about 45 kg (100 pounds) overweight for men and 35 kg (80 pounds) for women
  • BMI between 25 and 39.9 and a serious obesity-related health problems, such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease or severe sleep apnea

Weight loss surgery operations currently performed include stomach restriction (adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy) and combined restricted and malabsorptive procedures (Roux-en-Ygastric bypass, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch).

The most commonly performed weight loss is gastric bypass and sleeve gastric bypass

Obesity and Diabetes

There are many factors of diabetes including risk factors for type 2 such as age, race, pregnancy, high cholesterol and obesity. However, the sole best predictor of type-2 diabetes is obesity. Almost 90 percent of people living with type-2 diabetes are overweight. The rampant increase in the occurrence of diabetes is mostly due to the growing prevalence of obesity.

A recent study on over 20,000 patients suggested that 84 percent who underwent a weight loss surgery gastric bypass experienced complete reversal of their type-2 diabetes, according to Cleveland Clinic. They also reported rapid improvement in blood sugars and reduction or elimination of diabetic medication accompanied with significant weight loss.

Patients having a milder form of diabetes (managed by diet) for less than five years, and who achieve greater weight loss surgery after surgery, are more likely to accomplish complete resolution of diabetes mellitus.

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