It's long been known that being overweight can put your health in danger. But now, there is direct medical and scientific findings that show being overweight can be a direct contributor to type 2 diabetes in over 90% of cases. That is a staggering, frightening statistic for people who continue to struggle with their weight, despite cleaning up their diet and engaging in exercise.
Diabetics end up having health care expenditures that add up to 2.3 times higher than other medical patients. Diabetes is one of the top ten causes of death in the United States. With the knowledge that being overweight can lead directly to diabetes, and that diabetics, on average, live 12-14 years less than others, it's easy to see why so many people are looking for answers when it comes to controlling their weight and seeing progress with their health goals.
Along with the bad news of type 2 diabetes being directly linked to obesity, there is hope in the form of good news of a massive, all-encompassing study published in Diabetes Care Journal.
The study concluded, after sixty-six consecutive subjects, that gastric bypass surgery, in its many forms, can be directly responsible for the remission and in many cases, complete end of diabetes medication needed.
The study found that even as late as 6 years later, 88% of patients had had a "durable diabetes remission." This is huge news for anyone struggling with their weight, and looking to either prevent diabetes from becoming a part of their life, or treat their existing condition.
As we've talked about many times before, there are multiple options when it comes to gastric surgery. Which method is right for you, and will have the best impact on your diabetes or preventing diabetes from entering the picture?
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Firstly, there's Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass. This is the most popular and traditional form of surgery, which will force food to bypass most of the stomach and upper portion of the small intestine. Roux-en-y surgery has proven to deliver a 80% remission rate for type 2 diabetes patients, as well as significant weight loss.
Next, is Sleeve Gastrectomy, which sees a 65% diabetes remission rate, as well as helping you to lose weight and see some weight-loss independent changes on glucose metabolism.
Lastly, is the Duodenal Switch surgery, which sees the highest and swiftest success rate of all, with an 85% rate of remission. The surgery is less common, but the benefits clearly call for it in some special cases.
It's clear to see that there are many more options for diabetics than once thought. Gastric bypass surgery, in one of its forms, may just be the solution you need to take the next step in your personal health journey.