Diabetes is a very well-known and unfortunately very common disease that impacts millions of people around the world. Diabetes is diagnosed in two different types: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is oftentimes hereditary and cannot be prevented, whereas lifestyle factors appear to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.

A high percentage of people living with type 2 diabetes are obese due to lifestyle and therapy for this diagnosis usually includes a change of diet, insulin injections, exercise and more. If the patient cannot lose the extra weight through traditional methods, gastric bypass can be used to help positively impact the patient’s type 2 diabetes.

What is gastric bypass surgery?

This is a procedure that leaves only a small portion of the patient’s stomach, known as the pouch. The pouch will hold very little food, only less than an ounce. That means the patient will eat less and will be able to lose a significant amount of weight. This surgery will change the process of digestion, as well, which can assist in eliminating type 2 diabetes. Here’s how:

After surgery, the digestion process will change and cause the small intestine to spontaneously produce a molecule called GLUT-1, which helps the body use glucose. A recent study looked at 20,000 patients and determined that 84% of people that went through gastric bypass saw a reversal of their type 2 diabetes.

They generally saw quick improvement with blood sugar levels and could reduce their intake of diabetic medication before they started losing weight. (1) This is exciting news for people living with diabetes! If you have diabetes caused by excess weight and traditional methods of weight loss have not worked, you may feel frustrated because of how difficult diabetes can be to manage. Gastric bypass surgery could be right for you.

Ready to talk to one of our doctors to see if you are a candidate for this surgery? Our experienced team at Weight Wise can help answer your questions and determine your eligibility. Attend one of our seminars or view one online to see what we can do for our patients. We look forward to helping you with your journey of weight loss!

1. Thomas Rogula MD, Stacy Brethauer MD, Bipand Chand MD, and Philip Schauer, MD. “Bariatric Surgery May Cure Type 2 Diabetes In Some Patients.” https://my.clevelandclinic.org/ccf/media/files/Bariatric_Surgery/bariatric_surgery_cure_type2_diabetes.pdf