How Weight Loss Surgery Benefits Diabetes Patients

Posted by Jason Radecke on Fri, Sep 27, 2013

With 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S. diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, this disease has become a growing problem in America. While it can be managed through diet and medication, the success rate in good control is very low.   It can also be a burden for sufferers and can lead to a variety of other medical conditions. If you’re struggling to manage your obesity and type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery could be the change you need to improve your health and lifestyle.

describe the imageWhat is type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly, also called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas produces extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels. Eventually, this can lead to vision problems, weakened immune system, problems with the kidneys, heart, nerves, blood vessels, and even fatality.


Weight loss surgery can change how patients manage this condition and how it affects their lifestyle. Most patients experience remission in their type 2 diabetes after having weight loss surgery. Surgery patients often see the most improvement if they’ve been diagnosed with diabetes within the past 10 years.Diabetes management can take a stressful toll on its sufferers. In order to attempt to keep the condition under control, patients with diabetes must stick to a strict diet and often need to take daily medications or even insulin injections to maintain a normal blood glucose level.

One study showed that 2 years after surgery, over 75% of gastric bypass patients with diabetes had gone into remission. How weight loss surgery improves type 2 diabetes isn’t exactly known, but the weight loss, anatomical changes in the gut, and changes in metabolism and appetite all play a role.

Improvements in the management of type 2 diabetes could include:

  • Management of the disease through diet restrictions alone

  • A switch from insulin injections to management through pills

The improved lifestyle and health benefits of weight loss surgery are so great, that the American Diabetes Association recommends patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes should speak with their doctor about the possibility of surgery.

The standard requirements for weight loss surgery candidates are a body mass index (BMI) more than 40, or a BMI of 30 or more, along with a comorbidity, such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Diabetes and obesity do not have to be a lifelong burden. Weight loss surgery has been proven to help patients achieve a healthier weight and improve or resolve their type 2 diabetes. If you’re suffering from obesity and diabetes and would like to learn more about how weight loss surgery could help you regain control of your health, contact us today. 


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