If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, bariatric surgery may be a treatment option for you. More and more studies are showing that bariatric surgery can prevent, treat, and even cure diabetes by correcting insulin resistance.
Exercise and diet alone are usually not enough to control a person’s blood sugar levels. Oral medications are needed to increase insulin production and, as diabetes progresses, daily insulin injections are required. At WVU Medicine, we are seeing more and more patients with type II diabetes choose our bariatric surgery operations like Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery as a means for diabetes cure. Many of our patients are able to prevent life-threatening illnesses like heart disease and stroke through surgery for diabetes.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, surgery improves type 2 diabetes in nearly 90 percent of patients by lowering blood sugar, reducing the dosage and type of medication required, and improving diabetes-related health problems.
The risks associated with bariatric surgery are low. They're similar to common procedures like gallbladder surgery. The ongoing risk of diabetes-related health complications usually outweighs the risk of a surgical procedure for most patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity who are not improving with medical therapies.
Consider attending one of our free bariatric surgery information sessions if you’d like to learn more about whether you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery for diabetes.
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