How Does Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes Remission Work?

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

As someone who may be both struggling with their weight, and facing the very scary, very real future of living with diabetes, one's future might seem dim. If you are already overweight and also suffering with diabetes, you know just how frustrating the struggles of daily life can be.

There may be hope, however, for those who are at the point of considering or deciding on gastric bypass surgery to help control their weight, and regain their lives.

Gastric bypass has of course helped hundreds of thousands of people take control back and lose massive amounts of weight. This surgery is no longer a risky, experimental procedure. Rather, gastric bypass is accepted nation-wide as a life-changing, safe way to help turn the tide in the battle against weight gain and potentially deadly obesity.

There has been unexpected, ground-breaking side effects to gastric bypass surgery, however, and they come in the form of helping to bring your diabetes under control and in some cases, put it into remission.

For someone who has exhausted their other options, has tried traditional avenues of weight loss and medication, and still seen no benefits or change in measurable weight loss, it may be time to consider gastric bypass surgery. This consideration should be elevated when there is a patient who suffers from diabetes and is seeing their A1C levels continuing to go up, up, up.

Through recent studies in the international scientific community, doctors and scientists are seeing a correlation between gastric bypass or bariatric surgery and diabetes remission. While gastric bypass of course will help patients lose weight, it isn't the act of weight loss itself that first signals a change in diabetes, but rather the actual changing of the gut bacteria and the environment that controls both hunger and satiety.

Because of the nature of gastric bypass surgery, there is a rerouting of food through the intestines and digestive system as a whole. This rerouting has astonishing effects on how our muscles, pancreas, and digestive tract respond to loads of carbohydrates.  Some signalling pathways are elicited that have been dormant for many years, enabling patients to deal more efficiently with sugar intake.

It seems the choice is easy to make. If you worry about both your weight and diabetes, whether you have it now or are at risk for it in the future, that gastric bypass surgery could be a life-saving, life-changing operation for you.

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