Did you know that diabetes is one of the top ten leading causes of U.S. deaths? Secondly, did you know one out of ten health care dollars is attributed to diabetes, according to ASMBS.org? We know that if your appendix fails, surgery is an option. If you have blocked arteries – surgery. For obesity and diabetes – diet and exercise, right?  While this helps to maintain your health – researchers are suggesting that the more optimal way to manage these conditions is also with surgery. The two types of surgeries they are referring to are the gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy.

Traditional Diabetes Treatment

The goal of treatment for diabetes is to normalize the blood glucose levels. As well as long term goals to be that long term complications like eye and kidney disease, damage of nerves and blood vessels are prevented. The first line of defense is weight lost using diet and exercise. Meal planning is essential in making sure you are choosing healthy foods and eating the right amount of food. When diet and exercise are not sufficient, medications may be added to help normalize blood glucose.

Severe Obesity Therapy

For someone who is obese – weight loss surgery is there first line of defense. Bariatric surgery has been a popular treatment in the war against obesity. Weight loss surgery results in a greater sustained weight loss. Despites the risks and complications of bariatric surgery, it seems to extend life. Bariatrics surgery enables the body to become much more efficient at processing blood sugar and patients can reduce their dependence on insulin.

Nearly all individuals who have bariatric surgery show improvements in their diabetic state. Here are ways that patients have seen progress (facts provided by asmbs.org:

Surgery improves type 2 diabetes in nearly 90 percent of patients by:

  • lowering blood sugar
  • reducing the dosage and type of medication required
  • improving diabetes-related health problems

Surgery causes type 2 diabetes to go into remission in 78 percent of individuals by:

  • reducing blood sugar levels to normal levels
  • eliminating the need for diabetes medications

In conclusion, with the information provided you can see that leaving diabetes to cure them self can be detrimental to your health. While weight loss surgery is recommended for obese individuals, you can still ask your doctor if this could be a solution for your diabetes. If you have any questions about weight loss surgery or want a consultation. Please feel free to give us a call at 888-781-9594 to set up a appointment.