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Weight Loss Surgery Helps Type 2 Diabetes

Weight loss surgery can make a significant difference for people with type 2 diabetes.

Excess weight often plays a significant role in the development of type 2 diabetes since both conditions are driven by problems with the body’s metabolism. That means losing weight can often help send type 2 diabetes into remission — especially if the weight loss is significant.

Weigh loss surgery can be an effective tool to make that happen.

For some people who have had type 2 diabetes for less than  7 years, surgery is likely to cause diabetic remission and normalise blood sugar levels.

If you have had diabetes for longer than 7 years, sometimes surgery can cause diabetic remission, but is more likely to lead to decreased need for tablets or insulin.

Weight-loss surgery treats type 2 diabetes in two important ways:

  1. Helps people achieve a healthier body mass index (BMI) by reducing their food intake and decreasing the number of calories their body can absorb. This alone can decrease a person’s insulin resistance and make blood sugar easier to control.
  2. Triggers changes to gut hormones that encourage healthier metabolism and more stable blood sugar levels by treating insulin resistance.

Weight-loss surgery has been shown to reduce the body’s production of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite. At the same time, the surgery increases the production of hormones such as GLP-1, which has a positive effect on insulin production. With more insulin available, the body is better able to move blood sugar into the cells to be used for energy, rather than letting it build up in the bloodstream.

These changes can begin to take place soon after surgery, to the point where many patients have been able to lower their dosage of diabetes medication right away. Within 2 years, many patients experience remission of their diabetes and no longer need to take any medication at all.

The diabetic associations recommend surgery for

  • All type II diabetic patients with a BMI of 40 or above
  • All type II diabetic patients with a BMI of 35 or above who can’t get good sugar control with tablets alone
  • All type II diabetic patient with a BMI of 30 or above who can’t get good sugar control with tablets or insulin

Are you a suitable candidate for weight loss surgery?

First, your doctor will consider:

  • Is your BMI 35 or higher?
  • Do you have diabetes type 2 or metabolic syndrome?
  • Have you tried to lose weight and keep it off without success?

Dr Peter Hamer and his weight loss surgery team offer a range of weight loss surgery options.

If you have type 2 diabetes and are considering weight-loss surgery or want to learn more about how it may be able to help you, contact our caring and experienced team today!

Resources;

https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/weight-loss-surgery-and-type-2-diabetes
https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/

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