Remission of Diabetes
Being overweight or obese significantly increases the risk of developing type II diabetes. Diabetes affects over 25 million Americans and most of these individuals are overweight or obese. Diabetes significantly increases the risk of premature death and is associated with serious medical problems such as heart disease, stroke and kidney failure.
Fortunately, type II diabetes is largely preventable. In fact, even modest weight loss can help improve blood sugars. However, for most individuals with obesity, significant and durable weight loss is often not achievable. Recent studies demonstrate that bariatric surgery is currently the most effective treatment for obese patients with type II diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association recommends that bariatric surgery be considered for diabetic patients with moderate or severe obesity.
Weight loss surgery improves diabetes not just through weight loss, but also through powerful hormonal effects. This allows many diabetic patients to stop taking insulin immediately after surgery and before they leave the hospital. Nearly all patients will experience improvement of diabetes after weight loss surgery, and many will have complete remission or resolution.
Bariatric surgery and diabetes in the news:
- "Better Diabetes Remission After Weight Loss Surgery than Other Methods", Reuters.
- Weight-Loss Surgery Reverses Diabetes in Woman Battling Obesity, NBC Nightly News. rm data demonstrate very good results and low complication rates.