Studies show weight loss surgery can reverse diabetes
11/23/2015 11:38 AM
Diabetes effects all body and organ systems. It’s the number one cause of blindness, amputations and kidney failure.
Some studies show that weight loss surgery can reverse diabetes and the complications associated with it. Approximately 70 percent of patients who are on insulin going into weight loss surgery will come off of their insulin completely following the procedure, specifically with gastric bypass.
Gastric bypass surgery involves creating a small two-ounce pouch out of the stomach and diverting the first 3 feet of the intestines so that they are bypassed and do not absorb as much of what you eat. It also restricts the amount of food you can eat because of the small size of the pouch.
Anyone who has a Body Mass Index, or BMI, of more than 40 can be considered a candidate for weight loss surgery. You can also be considered if you have a BMI of more than 35 with co-morbidities, such as diabetes or hypertension.
In addition to diabetes, weight loss surgery has been shown to improve migraine headaches, urinary incontinence and osteoarthritis. It may also reduce the risk for certain types of cancer.
For more information about weight loss surgery, contact the Weight Loss Center at Live Oak Health Partners by calling (512) 353-6400.
About the Author:
Dr. Erik Anderson is a board-certified general surgeon at the Live Oak Health Partners clinic in Kyle, Texas. He is trained in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and has expertise in the following: complex laparoscopic, gall bladder, hernia, colon, thyroid, hemorrhoidal, breast and bariatric.