Bariatric Surgery as Cure for Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is more often associated with obesity and being overweight. About 90% of type 2 diabetes patients are also either overweight or obese. This is why losing weight can considerably improve or even cure the symptoms of this disorder. The problem is that a lot of patients find it difficult to shed the excess pounds with mere diet and exercise. The world continues to witness an increase in the cases of type 2 diabetes that are induced by obesity.
UK’s diabetes problem
Expanding waistlines in the UK has caused diabetes cases to go up as well. According to national statistics, there has been a 74% increase in the cases of diabetes recorded from 1997 to 2003. The rate is touted to be much faster compared with rates of increase in Canada or the USA.
Weight loss surgery for diabetes
Medical studies suggest that weight loss surgery to address the obesity issue may also be able to eliminate the other symptoms of diabetes. Through the years, numerous papers have already documented how bariatric surgery can benefit patients with type 2 diabetes. A recent study that analyzed 621 previous researches conducted from 1990 to 2006 showed that 78.1% of surveyed diabetics have experienced complete resolution, with the disorder either resolved or improved in 86.6% after undergoing bariatric surgery. The results of this new study were published in The American Journal of Medicine in March 2009. An average of 38.5 kg of weight was lost across the studies mentioned. This translates to more than 55% of excess weight removed from the body.
According to the researchers, the following operations for weight loss were found to be linked with progressive diabetes resolution: • Gastric banding, in 56.7% of patients • Gastric bypass, in 80.3% of patients The percentages of excess weight that the patients lost were 46.2% for gastric banding operations and 59.7% for gastric bypass procedures. It is highly recommended that you consult with experts from our facility so we can determine which surgical procedure is appropriate for your condition. Each patient is different and an individual assessment is essential to this treatment. Using a body mass index (BMI) calculator would be able to provide you with an idea of the course of treatment suitable for you.