Type 2 Diabetes – Is Bariatric Surgery Your Way Out?

Type 2 Diabetes – Is Bariatric Surgery Your Way Out? – You’ve always blamed your stomach for your out of control appetite. But can you use your stomach to not only keep tabs on your appetite, but cure your Type 2 diabetes as well?
Bariatric surgery is becoming an increasingly popular procedure around the world for treating not only obesity but Type 2 diabetes as well. Amazingly, most cases of Type 2 diabetes are actually completely cured as soon as the surgery is finished. This amazing “biological 180” happens before the diabetic has lost a single pound or kilogram! Scientists don’t quite understand how this happens, but they think it has something to do with the procedure blocking with insulin-interfering hormones in the stomach.
So excited by bariatric surgery are doctors that they are putting down their food models and ADA diet books in favor of a scalpel.
Indeed, research presented at the 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes found that skipping traditional interventions for Type 2 diabetes in favor of bariatric surgery saved money in the long run. They also reported the health of those who had undergone bariatric surgery was comparable or better than those that fought diabetes with medications.
So should every diabetic person in the world… 285 million people… head to their local surgeons office? Not so fast. There are a number of serious downsides to bariatric surgery in diabetics that deserve as much, if not more, press than bariatric surgery has been getting.
Deaths and Complications: The rate of death while under the knife for stomach stapling or lap band procedures hovers around 1 percent. That’s preferable to doing nothing about your diabetes, but isn’t a 1 out of a 100 chance of dying enough to make you a little uncomfortable?
And once you get the surgery, there’s the diarrhea, malnutrition, dumping, and depression that often follows it. Other complications can include the stomach’s stretching to allow more food in after surgery. Also, staples placed in the stomach can leak. Vomiting is the most common side effect along with vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Compared to What: When the researchers at the 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes presented their findings, they forgot to compare bariatric surgery with the most effective treatment out there: intense lifestyle change! Of course pitting surgery against popping pills would make surgery look good.
But what’s really cost-effective is losing weight and eating right. Even better, it also has the potential to reverse diabetes. It may not happen overnight, but changing your lifestyle can exercise the demon of Type 2 diabetes without putting your life on the line with surgery.
For most, a basic strategy of a healthy diet, regular exercise, and perhaps medications, is the preferred route to good control of your weight and blood sugar levels.