National Diabetes Month: Is the Gastric Sleeve a Permanent Solution?
29.1 million Americans currently suffer from diabetes and 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed every year. To help combat these growing rates, November was dubbed National Diabetes Month in an attempt to raise awareness about this disease. We’re taking part by talking about type 2 diabetes, obesity, and a proven solution to both – the gastric sleeve!
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the United States and presents predominantly in one of two forms: type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes, misleadingly known as “juvenile diabetes,” is a condition wherein the body does not produce insulin. Although the majority of type 1 patients develop this condition as children, it can happen at any age.
Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is where the body develops insulin resistance – a state in which your body does not use insulin correctly. Your pancreas initially produces extra insulin to compensate, but it cannot sustain this behavior for long, ultimately impacting blood glucose levels.
Diabetes is one of the top 10 leading causes for death in the United States, causes eye, kidney, and nerve damage and doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke. That’s why raising awareness is so crucial!
Why is Type 2 Diabetes So Prevalent? Obesity.
Only 5% of all diabetes cases are type 1 with the majority of cases being type 2 diabetes. So, why is it so common? For many, it comes down to the prevalence of overweight and obesity.
Our bodies are naturally accustomed to ingesting small amounts of sugars, which was okay back when they were scarce. Today, however, sugars are everywhere and it’s easy for us to consume too many, raising our blood glucose levels to an unhealthy degree. Often, as our weight increases, so does our risk for developing type 2 diabetes – since obesity has become prevalent, so has this condition.
Studies have connected obesity to many comorbidities and weight-related conditions with type 2 diabetes being among the most common (along with hypertension and sleep apnea, among others).
Thankfully, weight-loss surgery doesn’t just help patients lose weight – it also helps alleviate and even resolve their type 2 diabetes.
The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – Proven to Resolve Diabetes
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has recognized weight-loss surgery as a recommended treatment for diabetes.
Studies shared by the ASMBS revealed the benefits that bariatric surgery can have on type 2 diabetes: nearly all diabetic patients who choose surgery see improvements to their health.
90% of diabetic patients see overall improvement with
- High blood sugar
- Required dosage of medication needed
- Diabetic health problems
78% of patients see their diabetes resolve, their surgery having helped regulate blood sugar and eliminate any further need for medication. These patients tend to stay healthy for many years to come after their procedures!
Why is the gastric sleeve so effective for overcoming diabetes?
Since diabetes is so closely linked to obesity, it makes sense that bariatric surgery can help defeat this disease. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy helps patients lose 50 to 70% of their excess body weight while resetting their metabolisms, helping improve their bodies’ natural functions.
As they lose weight, their bodies do not need to compensate for high blood glucose levels by producing more insulin. Instead, they properly generate and employ the insulin they naturally need!
COME TO NYBG.
When it’s time to start a successful weight-loss journey, it’s time to call NYBG! We’re the best practice around and our numbers prove it:
- 12 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics
- 15,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
- The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
- 24/7 access to online seminars
- 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
- Since 2000, we boast 18 years of success!
Our commitment to patient success and excellence has earned us accreditation from the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This prestigious achievement recognizes only the top bariatric practices. Stop waiting; start achieving better health today.