One look at the statistics about type 2 diabetes might make your jaw drop. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 75,000 Americans died of type 2 diabetes complications in 2013. More than 20 million Americans have diabetes today, a number that has more than tripled since 1980.
The diabetes and weight connection
You may already know that being overweight is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) says approximately 90 percent of type 2 diabetes diagnoses are related to being overweight.
If you’re struggling with your weight and have type 2 diabetes, your health may be suffering. Complications of type 2 diabetes include neuropathy in the feet, problems with the eyes and vision, high blood pressure, stroke, and more. In order to minimize these problems, you need to keep your blood sugar under control. This usually includes regular physician care, medications, and lifestyle changes like diet and exercise.
Unfortunately, even for those who take medications and follow lifestyle changes, type 2 diabetes can get worse over time. Medications may need to be modified or increased, and further diet and exercise efforts may need to be made. This makes it even more difficult to manage diabetes over the long term.
Bariatric surgery improves diabetes
Recent research has shown that bariatric surgery is extremely effective in reducing or even eliminating type 2 diabetes for many patients. The ASMBS says that up to 90 percent of bariatric patients show improved blood sugar control, less need for diabetes medications, and fewer diabetes complications. Because of these improvements, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) says bariatric surgery should be considered for patients with type 2 diabetes and excess weight. The IDF states that the risk of surgery is low compared to the long-term risks of diabetes.
Is bariatric surgery right for me?
Bariatric surgery offers many health benefits, including the improvement of type 2 diabetes. To find out if it’s right for you, talk with your physician. Bariatric surgery offers several different procedures, and you’ll need to find out if you’re a candidate. In general, people who are eligible for surgery have a BMI of 35 or greater, and have one or more weight-related health problems. In some cases, you may be eligible for insurance coverage for the surgery.
Imagine being able to reduce your diabetes medications, lose the excess weight, and lead a healthier life. It’s possible with the help of a bariatric surgeon.
CarePoint Health Bariatric Surgery
CarePoint Health Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a number of different weight-loss surgeries to help you meet your weight-loss goals, including sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, LAP-BAND®, and REALIZE® Band. To learn more about our bariatric surgery options, contact us at 201-795-8175 and register for our free seminar.
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