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Milestone in Conquering Diabetes through Surgery for Weight Loss

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Date: May 1st, 2017

Weight Loss Surgery Reignites

Weight loss surgery can now help obese people suffering from diabetes. Evidence shows that surgery benefits such people more than when they take medication only. Further, the research showed that five years after undergoing this surgery, the quality of life for these people had improved a great deal. In fact, some of them did not need to take insulin. In comparison to the people who took medication alone, this was a great improvement.

Dr. Philip Schauer, lead researcher and director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute in Ohio, said that a third of the people who undertook surgery were able to come out of diabetes completely, with their blood sugar levels returning to normal and to such an extent that they did not require to take medication anymore.

Surgery is the closest thing that the medical field has ever come to when it comes to the treatment and reversal of type 2 diabetes. It is the next best thing close to a remedy that patients can get today.

Worrying statistics for diabetes victims

In the USA, there are more than 29 million people suffering from diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US. More than 70,000 people succumb to complications that arise from the blood sugar effects annually. This has been confirmed by more data from the American Diabetes Association.

For the obese patients suffering from type 2 diabetes, the closest thing that they have to a cure is the Bariatric Surgery. This is according to the spokesperson for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Samer Mattar, who also teaches surgery at the Portland’s Oregon Health and Science University. This surgery is not only good for weight loss, but it is also good for positively enhancing the health of people suffering from chronic conditions as well as improving their quality of life.

How the surgery is conducted

Using 150 obese patients with type 2 diabetes, Dr. Schauer and his research colleagues picked candidates randomly for medication alone and others for medication (sleeve gastrectomy or Roux-en-Y) surgery.

In the case of the sleeve gastrectomy surgery, the surgeon removes most of the stomach and creates a new, banana sized stomach. In Roux-en-Y, the stomach is reduced to an egg size.

Five years later, the researchers looked for reductions in blood sugar and whether patients could stop taking their diabetes medications.

There are no complications whatsoever. To save you the trouble, be keen with private healthcare services. Ensure they have certification to conduct weight loss surgery.

Advantages of undergoing bariatric surgery

Weight loss is the result of the surgery. It leads to lower blood sugar levels and a healthier lifestyle. Besides, it boosts one’s self esteem thus one feels more confident and happier with life. The surgery may lead to the complete recovery from diabetes type 2. The method is more effective than medication. If one has another chronic illness, it may help boost immunity, as diabetes will be taken care of.

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