Bariatric Surgery Best Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery Best Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery – Best Diabetes Treatment For Type 2 Diabetes

Best Diabetes treatment – Bariatric weight loss surgery for type II diabetes. 

In 2019, the 4th World Congress on ‘Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes’ was held in New York City. It attracted MDs, scientists and policy makers from over 60 countries, who had a goal to continue to refine the guidelines for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The medical event highlighted the ongoing efforts being made in the healthcare industry to find a cure for diabetes. The event also highlighted the devastating impact that type 2 diabetes can have and how it has a close relationship with obesity.

Unfortunately, type two diabetes affects more than 30 million Americans, with people over the age of 45 most at risk to this chronic disease. Sadly an increasing number of children, teenagers and young adults in the United States are also at risk of developing this condition. We all know that obesity in children and young adults is on the rise. This disease is a chronic illness. This means that patients with type 2 diabetes may need to take medication for the rest of their lives. If a young adult or a child has diabetes, this can have a major impact on their life expectancy and quality of life.

What is Type Two Disease & What are the Symptoms?

Type 2 diabetes is a common health condition that causes blood sugar levels in the body to become dangerously high. Patients with type 2 diabetes, often rely on anti-diabetic medication or insulin in order to control their blood sugar levels. It’s important to understand the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and be on the look out for them especially if you’re overweight, or diabetes runs in your family.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include: 

  • Needing to use the restroom frequently or a lot more than usual
  • Having an increased thirst 
  • Noticing an increased appetite
  • Constantly feeling tired or exhausted
  • Blurred vision on occasion
  • Numb or tingling pain in the hands or feet, or both
  • Patches of dark skin

You might be suffering with type 2 diabetes if you experience one or more of these symptoms, however it’s not a forgone conclusion. Having symptoms related to diabetes does not necessarily mean you have the condition. You should speak to your doctor or healthcare provider to determine whether you have it or not. Moreover, acting fast can save lives and prevent the negative side effects of this illness.

Life Threatening Illness – Type 2 Diabetes 

Diabetes is life threatening illness and is one of the top causes of death for patients with this condition s cardiovascular disease. High levels of insulin in the body can also significantly damage blood vessels, which is extremely dangerous for people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and heart disease. Additionally, uncontrolled high blood sugar levels can negatively impact organs and cause serious medical complications, such as nerve damage, kidney disease and gum disease. Therefore, it’s vital to consult a doctor, if you suspect you have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

People at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes 

Some people in the United States are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Below, you can see the individuals at a heightened risk of this life-changing illness. It’s well known that obesity, both in children and adults, can increase the risk of developing medical conditions and sadly diabetes is no different. If you’re overweight and also have a history of diabetes in your family, this can play a key role in increasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Weight loss can help significantly reduce the chance of you developing obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes.

  • Overweight or obese
  • 45 or older 
  • Family history of diabetes 
  • African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander
  • High blood pressure
  • A history of heart disease or stroke
  • You are not physically active or taking regular exercise
  • Depression 

If you are suffering from high blood pressure and you’re overweight or obese, you are a high risk for diabetes. Therefore it’s important to try to lose weight and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If you do unfortunately develop type 2 diabetes you may need diabetes treatment or a weight-loss plan.

Diabetes Treatment for Type 2

If you think , you have type 2 diabetes and you’re trying to minimise its’ side effects, you should consider some of the following diabetes treatments. So let’s discuss some of the ways you can reverse type 2 diabetes or manage this condition well.

Type 2 diabetes treatment & management: 

  • Weight loss – including diet, fitness and surgery
  • Diabetes medication or insulin therapy
  • Blood sugar monitoring & management

Body mass index, also known as BMI, has a strong relationship with type 2 diabetes treatment, and the current information on the best and most effective type 2 diabetes treatment and management is weight loss. There is a mountain of evidence that bariatric surgery is the best diabetes treatment for type 2 patients. This weight loss surgery is a safe and effective diabetes treatment can help save lives. In addition, weight-loss surgery is a cost effective option in comparison to living with diabetes for the rest of your life.

Bariatric Surgery – Best Diabetes Treatment 

A recent study of 66,678 diabetic patients showed that bariatric procedures have low complication rates when compared to other operations. The study analysed open heart surgery, knee surgery, appendectomy, gallbladder operations and hysterectomy procedures and of course, bariatric surgery. Out of all these operations, the gastric bypass surgery had the lowest rate of complication. This may be why a lot of patients believe bariatric weight loss surgery is the best diabetes treatment. As a medical professional and with extensive weight loss surgery experience, I do believe that this particular operation is a great option for patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. Plus with robot assisted surgery, patients can have fast recovery rates and minimal pain and bleeding and is in high demand in the United States.

Scientific Research Explores Weight Loss Surgery & Diabetes

Metabolic and bariatric surgery is effective diabetes treatment. The current success rate associated with changes in lifestyle and drug therapies for treating type 2 diabetes is not very good. In fact, a recent study of about 5,000 patients showed that only 52% of patients achieved A1C less than 7 with lifestyle changes and drug therapy. Multiple studies compared medical treatment versus surgical resolution for type 2 diabetes. The surgical groups in every study had a very high rate of remission! The medical group had a very low, to no, rate of remission. Further investigation shows that patients who chose to have weight loss surgery maintained their weight loss and improved their quality of life.

A medical study found that 50-80% of patients with type 2 diabetes, who had weight loss surgery had a reduced risk of mortality. This study compared two groups of diabetes patients:

  • Those who choose to have weight-loss surgery.
  • Patients who opted for a non-surgical treatment such as exercise and dieting.

The results of the study found that for many patients with type 2 diabetes, surgery was a good option.

Plus when you consider living with diabetes, surgery is cost effective. The lifetime cost of living with type 2 diabetes is immense. A newly diagnosed 35-year-old female with type 2 diabetes can expect to pay up to $130,800 in direct medical costs over her lifetime, With 53% of this cost attributed to complications of diabetes. In contrast, the average cost for bariatric surgery is $25,000. So, it’s therefore clear that surgery is financially the best diabetes treatment in the US.

Bariatric Surgery – Cost Effective & Safe Diabetes Treatment

In conclusion, metabolic and bariatric surgery for the treatment of type 2 diabetes is safe, effective, and durable. It will reduce your risk of death and lead to a longer life expectancy. It’s also a cost effective plan and will help prevent the progressive, debilitating nature of this disease. If you are considering undergoing bariatric surgery for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, your BMI, body mass index, will help determine whether you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery.

The indications for obese patients with type 2 diabetes who are candidates for bariatric surgery are as follows:

  • A BMI of 40 or greater —bariatric weight loss surgery is recommended
  • Your BMI is between 35-39 – with diabetes not well controlled—bariatric weight loss surgery is recommended
  • Your BMI is between 30-35 with diabetes not well controlled—bariatric weight loss surgery should be considered

To calculate your personal BMI if you think you need diabetes treatment.

Considering Surgical Diabetes Treatment?

If you have type 2 diabetes or, you think you might have this life-threatening condition and you are overweight or obese, weight loss surgery may be the best option for you. To speak to experienced weight loss experts about the best diabetes treatments, book a consultation with our team today. 

Moreover, it’s important to note that all metabolic and bariatric surgeries should be conducted in high volume centers with experienced surgeons. At the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute, our experienced surgeons perform around 300 robotic bariatric weight loss procedures each year. All of our weight loss procedures benefit from state-of-the-art technology. Moreover, robotic bariatric surgery for the treatment of diabetes, is a more precise operation. It minimises pain and bleeding and helps provide a faster recovery time, so is the preferred treatment for weight loss in relation to diabetes. Please call us to schedule a consultation (303-861-4505) or feel free to visit our website for more information.

Dr. Tom Brown

Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute

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