Bariatric Surgery Cuts Diabetes Risk by 80 Percent

bariatric surgery reduces risk of diabetes imageIf you’re severely overweight, it can take a toll on your life in a lot of different ways. Your grocery bill may be excessive, walking may be difficult and fitting into tight spaces like your car or a seat on an airplane can be uncomfortable. Sound familiar?

Obesity Major Risk Factor for Diabetes

In reality, these are minor problems associated with obesity compared to the serious effects that significant excess weight can have on your health. For example, if you don’t already have type 2 diabetes, you might just be a blood test away from developing the disease. An estimated 90 percent of people who have type 2 diabetes are overweight.

Study: Bariatric Surgery Can Help Prevent Diabetes

But it’s not all bad news. A recent study published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that bariatric surgery may help lower the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 80 percent.

In the study, researchers followed 2,167 patients who were scheduled to undergo bariatric surgery. Procedures used to help these patients lose weight included gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass surgery.

After surgery, researchers monitored these patients for seven years to see if the surgery would have an impact on their diabetes risk. At the same time, researchers also followed another group of about 2,000 people who were obese, but did not have bariatric surgery.

Researchers found that the people who received bariatric surgery to promote weight loss were 80 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who did not have surgery.

Bariatric Surgery Also Helps Control Diabetes Symptoms

If you already have type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery can help you control the dark side of the disease (elevated blood sugar levels, nerve damage, poor circulation, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, etc.). In a study published in the Annals of Surgery, researchers found that bariatric surgery helped over-weight people with diabetes lose weight and maintain normal blood sugar levels for more than five years after surgery.

Do Everything You Can to Prevent Diabetes

Losing weight may be the primary goal of bariatric surgery. But research on diabetes prevention and management suggest that the benefits of bariatric surgery go far beyond just tipping the scale in the right direction. Diabetes is among the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. It’s a disease that can rob you of your health and quality of life. You should do everything you can to prevent it, or control it if you already have diabetes.

If you want to find out if bariatric surgery can help you lose weight and prevent or control diabetes, contact the New York Bariatric Group today at 800-633-8446, or register for a free weight loss surgery seminar.

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Bariatric Surgery Cuts Diabetes Risk by 80 Percent


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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