Having Weight Loss Surgery Can Improve or Eliminate Diabetes

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Weight loss surgery has been shown to have a significant positive effect on diabetes in most patients.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the pancreas is no longer able to properly release insulin, a hormone that helps the body regulate blood sugar, according to Premier Health’s Bull Family Diabetes Center.

Obesity is a complicating factor in 80 percent of diabetes cases, according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric SurgeryOff Site Icon (ASMBS). Even a small amount of weight loss can have a big effect on diabetes. 

In almost 90 percent of patients, bariatric surgery has been shown, according to the ASMBS, to:

  • Improve diabetes-related health problems
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Reduce dosage and type of medication needed

In 78 percent of patients, bariatric surgery has caused diabetes to go into remission, according to the ASMBS, by:

  • Eliminating the need for diabetes medication
  • Reducing blood sugar levels to normal

In an American Medical AssociationOff Site Icon (AMA) study, about 77 percent of patients with diabetes didn’t need their medication after bariatric surgery. About 86 percent of those patients ended up with a less-severe version of diabetes following surgery.

Though bariatric surgery carries some risk, the long-term risk of continued benefits for diabetes typically outweighs the of surgery for most patients, according to the ASMBS.

For more information about the effect of weight loss surgery on diabetes, talk with your doctor or visit Premier Weight Loss Solutions.

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