Weight Loss Surgery Can Help Type 2 Diabetics, Doctors Say

As more studies support the idea that bariatric surgery can help type 2 diabetics better manage and even reverse their disease, doctors and researchers across the globe are pushing for this treatment to be more readily offered to patients with uncontrolled symptoms who happen to be obese or mildly obese. In the United Kingdom, for example, doctors are recommending this intervention for more than 100,000 patients who might not have otherwise qualified based on their body mass indexes alone. Globally, more than 45 international medical organizations are now recommending bariatric surgery as a viable treatment for some cases of type 2 diabetes.

Obesity and type 2 diabetes have long been strongly linked through research. Obesity is known to greatly increase a person’s risk for developing this disease and it may also make controlling it quite difficult if it does present. A number of studies have shown that procedures, such as the gastric bypass, help type 2 diabetics better control their blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity and lowering inflammation in the body. Some studies have shown that bypasses can even help some type 2 diabetics completely reverse their symptoms. While research is still under way to better understand why surgical weight loss promotes better control of diabetes, some studies have indicated that a change in gut microorganisms may get some of the credit.

At present, gastric bypasses are generally reserved for people with a BMI of 40 or above. For those with diabetes and other obesity related conditions, a BMI of 35 or higher may open the door for surgical intervention. As more doctors push for changes, it is possible type 2 diabetics with lower BMIs may find bariatric surgery made available to them as a treatment option.

People who are obese are urged to speak with their healthcare providers about all weight loss options. Losing weight can dramatically improve health and may help with the control of certain conditions, such as diabetes.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Gaining Popularity

Bariatric surgery has long been a proven option to help people who are obese gain an edge on weight permanently. While the gastric bypass procedure has traditionally been the most popular choice for helping those considered morbidly obese get their weight and health concerns in check, gastric sleeve procedures are gaining ground. While both procedures are similar in their aim and, to an extent, in their design, there are some marked differences that are making more people choose sleeve procedures.

Gastric bypasses involve two major surgical steps. The first involves the reduction in the holding capacity of the stomach, generally through stapling. The second involves a rerouting of digestion to reduce caloric absorption. These two invasive moves combined have been proven to help people lose a dramatic amount of weight and keep it off.

Gastric sleeve procedures are similar in that they involve the shrinking of the stomach’s holding capacity. This procedure, however, calls for the surgical removal and reshaping of the stomach to resemble a banana or a sleeve. During the procedure, the portion of the stomach that produces hunger-causing hormones is also removed. Although still quite invasive, sleeve procedures are considered a little bit less so than gastric bypasses. The results of the procedure tend to be quite positive. Patients generally experience a dramatic loss of excess weight in an amount that rivals the bypass. The procedure is preferred by some since it is a little less involved than a bypass. It may also help patients avoid concerns with nutritional deficiencies that sometimes arise with bypasses.

Gastric bypasses are still the most common weight loss procedures performed. Sleeve procedures are fast gaining ground. Both offer lasting weight loss benefits that can help people who are obese gain better control of their health. People who are interested in bariatric surgery are urged to discuss all options with a qualified healthcare provider.