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Bariatric Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes 

While most people undergo bariatric surgery to treat morbid obesity, there are a number of underlying conditions that improve after bariatric surgery. Most bariatric patients see improvements in high cholesterol, gastroesophageal reflux disease, asthma, heart disease, sleep apnea, and even Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is traditionally viewed as a chronic, incurable disease and delay of end-organ complications is usually the major treatment goal; however, evidence shows that patients who undergo bariatric surgery see improvement or even complete remission of their Type 2 diabetes.

Studies of Bariatric Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes

After bariatric surgery, 77% of patients see their type 2 diabetes completely resolved. In these patients, diabetes completely disappeared or treatment (medicines, insulin) was no longer needed. In studies measuring for “resolution or improvement,” the number rose to 86% of patients.

Bariatric surgery for type 2 diabetes delivers rapid results. For some patients, diabetes disappeared almost immediately—as soon as a few days after surgery. Others saw blood sugar levels begin to fall soon after surgery, becoming completely normal within a year.

Patients who undergo bariatric surgery for Type 2 diabetes see a 92% reduction in deaths from diabetes-related causes.

Note that different types of bariatric procedures had different degrees of impact. Gastric bypass surgery resolved type 2 diabetes in 84% of patients, whereas gastric band procedures resolved diabetes in 73% of patients.

How to Choose the Right Bariatric Procedure for You

Deciding which procedure is best for you requires information and insight. All three types of bariatric procedures can help with weight loss and may help with type 2 diabetes.

Remember, it is normal to be concerned about any surgery, but a little information can go a long way toward helping you feel more at ease. If you have questions about bariatric surgery, please call us at 1(800) 267-7212 or fill out a contact form and we will get in touch with you.

Pacific Bariatric offers a number of seminars that you can attend to get answers to all of your questions about bariatric surgery for type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Management

Any amount of weight loss after surgery will help with your type 2 diabetes management. For some patients, their diabetes completely resolves after losing weight from bariatric surgery.

Although any weight loss will improve type 2 diabetes, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations to get the full effect from surgery. This includes closely following your post-surgery diet and your post-surgery exercise plan.