Did you know that weight loss surgery is an effective tool for preventing, treating and even resolving diabetes in some cases? Studies show that in a number of patients, weight-loss surgery completely resolves or significantly improves type II diabetes. As a result, patients can often stop or reduce diabetes treatments such as insulin and medications. Weight loss surgery can also reduce the risk of diabetes complications, such as blindness, limb amputation, kidney disease, and stroke.
Health benefits for diabetes can vary, depending on the type of weight loss surgery. For example, diabetes resolution rates are higher for gastric bypass procedures than gastric band procedures. Your bariatric surgeon will advise you on the procedure that is most appropriate for you.
Why does weight-loss surgery improve diabetes?
In gastric bypass surgery, most of the stomach is surgically reduced, leaving a small pouch that limits your food intake. The small intestine is rerouted slightly, redirecting the digestive process, so that your body absorbs fewer calories. This can alter the insulin-regulating hormones in the intestines and stomach.
How quickly does surgery improve diabetes?
For some patients, diabetes disappears almost immediately, within days of surgery. For some others, blood sugar levels begin to fall soon after surgery, becoming completely normal within a year.
Bariatric Surgery Seminar
If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, you probably have questions about how you can control your condition. We invite you to attend one of our monthly bariatric surgery seminars so you can find out more about how weight loss surgery could improve your health.
Resources for Diabetics
From diabetes education classes to medical nutrition therapy, ProMedica offers a number of services and programs to help you manage and treat your diabetes. You can even download our Diabetes 101 booklet to help you get a handle on this disease.