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How Bariatric Surgery Can Help with Type 2 Diabetes

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Did you know that bariatric surgery can alleviate or get rid of your Type 2 Diabetes entirely?

According to WebMD, research shows improvements in this disease after weight loss surgery. One long-term study tracked 400 people with type 2 diabetes. Six years after bariatric surgery, 62% showed no signs of diabetes. They also had better blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.


What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes is a disease where your body is unable to make enough insulin (a hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar), or it is unable to use that insulin the way it is supposed to.

Due to this, the sugars build up in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, as it’s meant to, and it can cause serious health issues.

Symptoms aren’t always easy to spot, so some people can go months not knowing they have this disease.[1]


How can you get it?

Type 2 Diabetes is caused by these risk factors, according to Diabetes Canada:

  • High blood pressure
  • High levels of cholesterol or other fats in the blood
  • A high BMI or are overweight
  • Prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose)
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Darkened patches of skin called acanthosis nigricans[2]


Does weight loss surgery help with Type 2 Diabetes?

The Mini Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve procedures can alleviate or even get rid of Type 2 Diabetes from patients, even before they start losing weight.

“Although diabetes is traditionally viewed as a chronic, relentless disease in which delay of end-organ complications is the major treatment goal, bariatric surgery offers a novel end point: major improvement or even complete disease remission,” states Dr. Andrei Keidar in his article, “Bariatric Surgery for Type 2 Diabetes Reversal: The Risks”.


How does it work?

According to Healthline, the small intestine starts producing a molecule after bariatric surgery that can help the body use the sugar that it creates properly.[3]

This is probably due to the small intestine having to work harder to absorb nutrients or move food through the digestive system after the surgery, though healthcare professionals are not 100 per cent sure of this.

Dr. Keidar states in his article, “A systematic review and meta-analysis of the English literature reported complete resolution of type 2 diabetes (defined as discontinuation of all diabetes-related medications and blood glucose levels within the normal range) in 78.1% of cases. This percentage increased to 86.6% when counting patients reporting improvement of glycemic control, and diabetes resolution occurred in concomitance with an average weight loss of 38.5 kg (55.9% of the excess weight).”[4]


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