Weight loss surgery can cure diabetes. You read that correctly! Weight loss surgery can cure diabetes.
Over the past 20 or so years, bariatric surgeons have noticed the profound effects that weight loss surgery has had on glycemic control. Hundreds of studies on many thousands of patients confirm what surgeons and patients already knew. This information has been slow to be accepted by the medical community, because it was felt that diabetes was a medical problem at large. What was missing from the bariatric literature was a controlled, head-to-head comparison between bariatric surgery and intensive medical therapy…until now.
Dr. Phillip Schauer from the Cleveland Clinic documented the superiority of bariatric surgery in a 2012 article that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. He discusses his findings in the above video. This confirms the superiority of surgery over medical therapies for a qualified patient with diabetes.
The effects that surgery exerts on diabetes is complicated, and it goes far beyond simple weight loss. Often, diabetes is resolved immediately following the surgery before they lose any weight at all! More and more, diabetes is now being viewed as potentially a surgical issue in the right patient.
Remember only a bariatric surgeon can determine if you qualify for bariatric surgery, but if you are a diabetic and your BMI is greater than 35, you owe it to yourself to consider weight loss surgery. You may find what thousands of patients have found our for themselves, that weight loss surgery can cure diabetes.