Bariatric Surgery Can Resolve Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a common and growing problem in the U.S. More than 37 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and approximately 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may require management with medication. However, for some people, losing weight and making changes to their diet could provide help as well.
How Does Bariatric Surgery Help Diabetes?
Many people with diabetes struggle with being overweight or obese. However, those who can lose weight may see their body become less insulin resistant, which could mean better control over diabetes. It may also help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.
While weight loss can be beneficial to better control type 2 diabetes, the process is not easy for many people. In many ways, it’s downright difficult. That’s where bariatric surgery may offer help. Bariatric surgery provides a physical change in your body that promotes weight loss, often by reducing the size of the stomach or re-routing the small intestine. This prevents the body from absorbing as many calories. Ultimately, this forces the body to use stored fat reserves as fuel, enabling weight loss in the process.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Diabetes
Bariatric surgery isn’t the first step in treatment for Type 2 diabetes, but it is an option for many people who have struggled with low energy levels and poor mobility to start the process of losing weight. That’s a good thing because, over time, diabetes worsens and can lead to a wide range of complications, including kidney disease, nerve damage, heart disease, and vision loss. Some people also experience problems with their oral health, feet, and hearing. To avoid those complications, consider the options for bariatric surgery.
Resolve Diabetes at Foothills
Diabetes is a condition you can take control of in many cases.
Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Mark Colquitt and his team at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons have helped thousands of patients improve their lives through weight loss surgery. Many of our diabetic patients experience improvement or resolution of their diabetes following bariatric surgery.
To help you have a better understanding of our bariatric surgery program at Foothills, register to watch our FREE online seminar. The seminar will inform you about the bariatric surgery process from start to finish.
Let our team at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville, TN help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you. Call (865) 984-3413 today.
Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons is a division of Premier Surgical Associates. Dr. Mark Colquitt is the Medical Director of Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, TN.