For those living with severe obesity, type 2 diabetes is one of the major health risk that poses a serious threat to the length and quality of their lives, increasing the risks of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.
With such very real medical concerns, doctors have long since advocated weight loss surgery as the best option available for obese people to take control of their health against such threats as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Now, a review of the existing evidence released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) yields encouraging findings that show bariatric surgery may be even more effective at fighting diabetes than previously believed. As a leading weight loss specialist, Dr. Michael Feiz is dedicated to delivering such positive effects to his patients with the very latest treatments.
Recent studies conducted by experts from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestion, among others, are the latest of a number of studies to state that weight loss from bariatric surgery not only decreases the risk of a severely obese patient developing diabetes, but can actually place preexisting type 2 diabetes into remission.
These encouraging conclusions are in line with over 20 years of evidence that identify bariatric surgery as a safe and effective means of long term weight loss for the severely obese.The long term results are important for someone suffering with severe obesity because other methods, including diet and exercise, often fail to deliver or may only produce short-lived results.
A staggering 95% of severely obese people who attempt weight loss through non-surgical means regain their weight within five years. Conversely, long term studies indicate that the average surgical weight loss patent loses between 20 to 30 percent of their body weight within the first few years following their procedure, and, more importantly, the patient manages to keep it off. With this long-term decrease in body fat, major health risks like diabetes are dramatically reduced or reversed as the body reaches normal weight levels.
Two of the most common weight loss surgery operations are the Lap Band procedure, and a sleeve gastrectomy. The NIH has now suggested that such procedures aren’t just an excellent method for fighting diabetes associated with severe obesity, but may be the best option for reversing type 2 diabetes.
SOURCE: Dr. Feiz & Associates