Is Weight Loss Surgery the Answer for Type II Diabetes?

Is Weight Loss Surgery the Answer for Type II Diabetes?

As a type II diabetic, you know that healthy weight loss greatly aids in reducing your blood sugar levels and improving your overall health. Usually this weight loss centers around nutrition and exercise, but does weight loss surgery play a role in managing or eliminating type II diabetes? At Nix, we know that every patient is different and has different outcomes when it comes to your health. The Nix-Health Weight Loss team has had many patients benefit from and even eliminate their type II diabetes through weight loss achieved. So is weight loss surgery right for you? Here are some things to consider as your try to find your answer.

  • First-line treatment options. Weight loss, diet and exercise simply improves control of the glucose amount in your blood. If your blood glucose levels cannot be maintained normally, medications may be needed to help produce more insulin or help insulin work better.
  • Bariatric Surgery. Weight loss surgery generally produces greater sustained weight loss and leads to improved quality of life. Some patients have experienced complete reversals in their type II diabetes following weight loss surgery. A recent study followed diabetic patients for three years after weight loss surgery to monitor and track their weight, fasting blood sugar, A1c levels, as well as their use of insulin and other diabetes medications. Their findings point to surgery as it causes an improvement in glucose levels, and full remission in most cases. Here are a few ways weight loss surgery can help those with type II diabetes:
    1. Higher Amounts of Weight and Fat Lost. The rapid and massive weight loss that results from bariatric surgeries allows patients to lose visceral fat, which contributes to blood sugar processing problems.
    2. Reduction in Blood Sugar Levels. Post surgery fasting blood sugar and A1c levels tend to drop significantly in patients.
    3. Discontinued Diabetes Medication. Moderate to severe weight loss may allow a patient to stop taking diabetes medication such as metformin or insulin.
    4. Remission. Diabetic remission occurs when blood sugar levels fall below 6.5 percent as well as being completely off diabetes medication for at least two months. Many bariatric surgery patients experience partial or complete remission following their weight loss procedure.
    5. Improved Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Levels. Weight loss surgery patients typically see their elevated cholesterol and blood pressure reduce into healthier levels post surgery.

Only you can decide if weight loss surgery is the answer for your type II diabetes. Utilize the help and expertise of your doctor and work together to find the right solutions to help manage or eliminate your diabetes so you can lead a healthier, improved quality of life.

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