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Bariatric Surgery Significantly Improves Type 2 Diabetes

POSTED BY: Kelly Wheeler

The Villain: Type 2 Diabetes
  • Every 10 seconds, someone in the world dies from complications associated with diabetes
  • Diabetics have health expenditures that are 2.3 times higher than non-diabetics
  • Type 2 diabetes is responsible for a number of health issues including cardiovascular disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, neuropathy, amputations, impotency, depression, cognitive decline, and mortality risk from certain forms of cancer.  
The Hero: Bariatric Surgery
Fortunately, for those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, recent studies show bariatric surgery to be the most effective treatment, above conventional medical therapy. In fact, 80% of patients having received the gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy procedure experienced the remission of their Type 2 diabetes. Many of these patients were even of off their diabetes medications as soon as the day after surgery, which indicates that it is not simply the resulting weight loss, but also the procedure itself, that lead to the improved insulin levels needed to resolve diabetes.
In fact, recent research coming out of the New England Journal of Medicine has supported this concept. Click here to view the story on 60 Minutes.
“It is interesting to see the research back up what we have known for some time,” said Dr. Keith Kim, Medical Director of the Metabolic Medicine and Surgery Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration Health.  “Although we don’t understand all the reasons why bariatric surgery can lead to diabetes resolution, we have seen it occur in many of our patients the day after surgery.”
Out of 1 million people who develop Type 2 diabetes, over 15,000 will die as a result of their disease. It is estimated that 14,000 of these deaths could be prevented by bariatric surgery!
Meet Ahimsa Ramirez who experienced diabetes resolution after bariatric surgery.  Click here to hear her story.
For more information about bariatric surgery at the Metabolic Medicine & Surgery Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, contact us online or call 407-303-4425.