Weight loss surgery has been proven in countless studies to relieve or improve Diabetes diagnosis. According to a study by the Cleveland Clinic of Bariatric and Metabolic Institute*, nearly 24% of all patients and 31% of their gastric bypass patients have achieved complete remission. They also have sustained levels of glycemic levels leading to many patients studied being off their diabetes medication for more than five years. The same study reports that there was a 25% reduction in the number of cardiovascular traumas predicted in the patients studied.
While it is impossible to say that weight loss surgery cured these patients, the American Diabetes Association does indicate that a level of long-term glycemic control is the closest thing to a cure for these patients. The study shows that with continued weight loss, sugar loss remained at healthy levels and patients did not need medication they did before weight loss began or weight loss surgery occurred. According to the study, nearly 34% of the study population demonstrated an improvement in their glycemic levels.
Another study by the Cleveland Clinic proves the same facts. Nearly 80% of their patients who had bariatric surgery met target blood sugar levels of 7 percent HbA1c. This is level is recommended by the American Diabetes Association. 30% of the patients in the study experienced remission of their Type 2 Diabetes and were off of their medication for at least five years.
Most of these patients underwent gastric bypass surgeries where the stomach is stapled so that a smaller portion is left that helps the patient to limit the amount of food they consume. Glycemic control wasn’t the only thing this study found, but lower and healthier blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well. Many of these patients had an increased risk of kidney disease or were experiencing the early stages (many times this is due to high blood pressure or diabetes). The study reports that almost every patients who had experienced this diagnosis were not at risk after bariatric surgery occurred.
According to the American Medical Association, nearly 36% of Americans have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, certain cancers or Type 2 Diabetes due to their disease of Obesity. While many argue that bariatric surgery is dangerous, less than 5% of all procedures experience any complications at all. In terms of treating uncontrolled diabetes, it’s imminent that weight loss surgery is a healthy way for one to not only control their obesity, change their lifestyle, but also treat their Type 2 Diabetes.
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*Refrence: www.healio.com September 20, 2013 Brethauer SA. Ann Surg.