Weight-Loss Surgery: Effective Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is common: about 1 in 10 Americans lives with the disease. 

Diabetes is expensive: those affected spend 2.3 times more on health expenditures. 

Diabetes is deadly: in the United States, it is one of the 10 leading causes of heard. Worldwide, someone dies from complications associated with diabetes every 10 seconds.

Type 2 diabetes can be resolved: weight-loss surgery has been recognized as an effective treatment that improves or resolves most patients’ cases! 

Type 1 vs. Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus is a condition that affects insulin, a hormone created in the pancreas that allows glucose (a simple sugar) to enter cells. There are two forms of this disease: type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is actually an autoimmune condition, often beginning in childhood, in which the immune system attacks the pancreas and prevents it from producing insulin. Those afflicted receive insulin injections as a result—they still need the hormone, they just can’t produce it themselves.

Type 2 is unique because the body still produces insulin but can not use it correctly, ultimately resulting in an “insulin resistance”. In trying to compensate for ineffective insulin use, the body generates more and more. As production increases, the resistance builds up, rendering insulin ineffective in the natural process of regulating blood sugar.

Living With Type 2 Diabetes — Symptoms and Complications

While some cases of type 2 diabetes can be controlled with oral medication and dietary changes for some, failing to maintain healthy blood sugar levels can cause both short- and long-term damage.

This condition often develops gradually, with symptoms that may go unnoticed. Some of the early signs include:

  • Frequent Urination
  • Extreme Thirst and Hunger
  • Exhaustion
  • Tingling, Numbness, or Pain in the Hands and Feet

Combine a slow-growing insulin resistance with easily mistakable symptoms and it is possible to go many months or even years after developing high blood sugar before being properly diagnosed.

Living with diabetes requires you to carefully monitor your blood sugar levels in order to prevent complications. Diabetics must carefully choose what to eat, exercise regularly, and often take medication.

Early diagnosis is critical— the longer a patient’s blood sugar goes unmonitored and uncontrolled, the more time they have to develop a dangerous condition. If you have a family history of this disease or suffer from overweight or obesity, you are at a greater risk for developing it yourself. Age, prediabetes, and physical activity can also be risk factors.

Short-term side effects are most commonly caused by hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Some of these include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Numbness in fingers, toes, and lips

However, the long-term complications of type 2 diabetes need to be closely monitored, as they can seriously damage the body.  Blood vessels are particularly vulnerable to the long-term impacts and, when damaged, can lead to:

  • Plaque buildup, which blocks off vessels and can lead to a heart attack or stroke
  • Cataracts or Retinopathy, which can cause vision loss
  • Kidney disease, which can lead to dialysis or kidney failure
  • Nerve damage, which can cause patients to develop infections they don’t feel or notice

How to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Although many Americans already suffer from type 2 diabetes, there are ways to both prevent it and reduce symptoms and complications. Healthy eating, exercise, and medication can control blood sugar levels when combined close, careful monitoring.

Weight-loss surgery is also officially recognized as a treatment by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). In fact, it’s the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes in individuals affected by obesity!

The numbers speak for themselves—studies show that bariatric surgery improves type 2 diabetes in nearly 90% of patients, while 78% saw it resolve completely without the need to keep taking medication. Click here to learn more.

Beyond being the most effective way to lose weight and live healthier, weight-loss surgery gives patients a chance to completely change their lives. In fact, many patients have told us that their only regret is not having surgery sooner!

Is weight-loss surgery the right choice for YOU? Schedule a consultation today.

COME TO NYBG.

When it’s time to start a successful weight-loss journey, it’s time to call NYBG! We’re the most advanced practice offering the most up-to-date procedures and our numbers prove it:

  • 13 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
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • 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.

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Weight-Loss Surgery: Effective Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

Thomas

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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Nicole

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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Robert

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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Samantha

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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Eileen

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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Brittany

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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Desiree

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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