Type 2 Diabetes and Weight Loss
Most people who seek surgical treatment for weight loss are experiencing problems with type 2 diabetes and are on oral medications or insulin. People are looking for relief of their symptoms of type 2 diabetes and weight loss surgery can provide the answer. One of the many benefits to weight loss surgery of any kind is a reduction in type 2 diabetes symptoms, even to the point where there is no evidence of the disease.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body becomes insulin resistant. Insulin is necessary for the body to break down sugars and starches in food and convert them into energy. When it can’t do that, you can develop serious complications, such as skin, vision, heart and circulation problems. In addition, certain groups are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, including:
- African Americans
- Native Americans
- Asian Americans
- Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
- The elderly
Nearly 90 percent of people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Those who have blood glucose levels above normal but don’t yet have type 2 diabetes are considered pre-diabetic and at great risk for developing the disease. In a recently published study, weight loss surgery has been proven to reduce type 2 diabetes in three out of four patients. It works because excess weight makes it hard for your body to regulate blood sugar levels. So when you lose weight, your body is able to regain control of blood sugar levels. But weight loss surgery isn’t the end of the journey. If you regain your weight, the risk for type 2 diabetes will return.
If you have questions about the relief of type 2 diabetes and weight loss surgery, call us at 214-396-1547 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us help you take control of your health.