November 14, 2022
Nearly one in 10 Americans are living with diabetes. Are you one of them? If diabetes is controlling your life, it may be time to consider bariatric surgery to reduce your symptoms and establish long-term health.
Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery
Bariatrics surgery can be helpful when treating diabetes because it helps the body process sugar in the bloodstream. For those with the disease, their bodies reject or react poorly to insulin, which is the key factor in the processing of blood sugar. This blood sugar build-up can lead to major health conditions like heart disease and kidney disease. This form of diabetes, type 2, is often linked to obesity.
Bariatric surgery helps to manage weight and reduce the amount of food one consumes by decreasing the size of the stomach. Patients can see up to 80% loss in excess weight in the two years following surgery. The procedure permits individuals more control in dealing with weight gain, even allowing for an immediate reduction in blood sugar, which helps manage symptoms of diabetes.
Depending on one’s symptoms, there are different recommended ways to treat diabetes as encouraged by one’s doctor. While monitoring blood sugar and taking prescribed drugs is vital, regular exercise, eating healthy and losing weight are also imperative. For many, it’s difficult to manage weight and healthy eating habits on their own. That’s when some doctors might suggest consulting a bariatric surgeon.
Coryell’s Bariatric Surgery Center
At Coryell, bariatric surgery is paired with expert nutrition advice and behavioral health counseling to maximize results and long-term success. Directed by David Gochnour, MD, general and bariatric surgeon, patients receive guided counsel and are treated with expert hands. Both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgeries are available at Coryell.
Diabetes doesn’t have to rule your life. You can take back your health and manage your symptoms with the right medication and lifestyle adjustments or choose to consider bariatric surgery. Consult your doctor for more information or visit our website.