Bariatric Surgery Treats Type 2 Diabetes in Obese Patients

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If you are living with Type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery can have immediate and long-term benefits to your health. Type 2 diabetes produces debilitating health complications and is a leading cause of death in the United States. Nine out of ten cases of Type 2 diabetes can be attributed to excess body fat, and many people suffering from diabetes have tried and failed to lose weight throughout their lives. In the past people often heard that it is not possible to reverse diabetes once it is diagnosed, however there is now conclusive evidence from scientific studies and medical professionals that show bariatric surgery can lead to improvement or remission of this disease.

Here are some of the facts:

  • Among bariatric surgery patients with Type 2 diabetes, almost 90% see an improvement in their diabetes and up to 80% of cases result in complete remission of diabetes.
  • Patients will usually experience lowered blood sugar within days of surgery, which can lessen or eliminate the need for medication.
  • Bariatric surgery is now considered the most effective treatment for Type 2 diabetes among patients affected by obesity.
  • Studies show that patients who have bariatric surgery have ten times more success with managing or eliminating their Type 2 diabetes than patients who utilize lifestyle changes alone.

When combined with a prescribed diet and exercise regimen, bariatric surgery can improve or reverse Type 2 diabetes, sparing patients from serious health complications. Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass or LAP-BAND® surgery can be powerful tools for patients who are concerned about their diabetes and are ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Contact us to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.