Most types of weight loss surgeries work by cutting down on the size of the stomach or changing the pathway of food to skip your stomach completely. Not only do these procedures continue to be very successful at producing significant weight loss results, but they also can reverse heart damage and diabetes.
A recent study examined type 2 diabetes patients in three treatment groups. The first group was treated with the traditional method of diet and exercise. The second group had gastric bypass surgery (where the pathway of food is altered to skip the stomach). And the third group had bilopancreatic diversion surgery (where part of the stomach is removed). None of the patients in the first group went into remission for their diabetes, while the two groups that underwent surgery saw fantastic results. The group given the gastric bypass surgery had a 75 percent remission rate, and the bilopancreatic diversion surgery saw 95 percent of its patients go into remission from diabetes.
This is the first time that researchers realized that weight loss surgery directly relates to curing type 2 diabetes. It is not that diet and exercise are not beneficial, but weight loss surgery gives the body the extreme change that it needs. Type 2 diabetes can also make it difficult to control cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Both of these complications put stress on the heart and can cause plaque buildup in the arteries that can increase the risk for a heart attack. Since weight loss surgery has been proven to cure type 2 diabetes, it also indirectly lowers your risk for a heart attack.
In 2011, the International Diabetes Federation officially announced that they now recommend bariatric surgery as a treatment for diabetes for patients with a body mass (BMI) index of 35 or above. This is a huge breakthrough in type 2 diabetes treatments. Most agree that the primary cause of diabetes is obesity, and since weight loss surgery treats this cause, many obesity related medical conditions improve significantly.
After bariatric surgery, many see improvements in several obesity related medical conditions that affect their cardiovascular health. A Swedish study followed patients struggling with obesity over a 14 year period. It found that patients who had bariatric surgery, compared to those that went through traditional medical care and counseling, had a reduced risk of having or dying from a heart attack and also were at a lower risk of suffering a stroke.
Bariatric surgery has produced amazing results for many struggling with diabetes and heart damage. Although it is not for everyone, it may be a good option if you are struggling with type 2 diabetes or are at risk for a heart attack or stroke due to your current weight. Talk to your doctor to see if bariatric surgery is your best option to lose weight and reverse your heart damage and diabetes.