I am pre-diabetic and have a strong family history of diabetes. Will metabolic surgery prevent me from becoming diabetic?
In pre-diabetic patients with strong family history of diabtetic, weight loss (metabolic) surgery significantly reduces the risk of becoming diabetic in long term.
I am diabetic and my BMI is around 30. Am I a qualified candidate for weight loss surgery?
The following are recommendations from the American Diabetes Association:
- Surgery for Diabetes is recommended to treat people with T2DM and BMI > 40 kg/m2, even if your diabetes is well controlled on medications.
- Surgery for Diabetes should be considered to treat people with T2DM and BMI 35-39.9 if your diabetes is not well controlled on medications.
- Surgery for Diabetes should be considered to treat people with T2DM and a BMI between 30 and 35 when your T2DM is not controlled by medications, especially in the presence of other major cardiovascular disease risk factors.
I take medications to control my diabetes. Do I have to continue those medications after weight loss surgery?
Most of our patients will remain off diabetic medications following surgery.
My HgA1C is poorly controlled. Will surgery help bring my hgA1C down?
Most of our patients achieve a normal or near normal HgA1C a few months following surgery.
I have diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. Will weight loss surgery help?
Your diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea will likely go away after surgery. It means you will be most likely completely off your diabetic and hypertension meds and after a few months you may not need to use the CPAP machine.
Did You Know?
- Someone in the world dies from complications associated with diabetes every 10 seconds.
- Diabetes is one of the top ten leading causes of U.S. deaths.
- One out of ten health care dollars is attributed to diabetes.
- Diabetics have health expenditures that are 2.3 times higher than non-diabetics.
- Approximately 90 percent of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), the most common form of diabetes, is attributable to excessive body fat.
- If current trends continue, T2DM or pre diabetic conditions will strike as many as half of adult Americans by the end of the decade. (according to the United HealthGroup Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer by sales).
- The prevalence of diabetes is 8.9 percent for the U.S. population but more than 25 percent among individuals with severe obesity.
- Metabolic and bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for T2DM among individuals who are affected by obesity and may result in remission or improvement in nearly all cases.
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes
Nearly all individuals who have bariatric surgery show improvement in their diabetic state. Bariatric surgeries performed in more than 135,000 patients were found to affect type 2 diabetes in the following ways:
Surgery improves type 2 diabetes in nearly 90 percent of patients by:
- Lowering blood sugar
- Reducing the dosage and type of medication required
- Improving diabetes-related health problems
Surgery causes type 2 diabetes to go into remission in 78 percent of individuals by:
- Reducing blood sugar levels to normal levels
- Eliminating the need for diabetes medications
- Cause the improvement or remission of T2DM to last for years
What options do I have?
At Torrance Bariatric Institute (TBI), we have developed a special program called “TBI Surgery for Diabetes™” that has served thousands of diabtetic patients. The program has been developed by the world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Roohipour, and has since gained traction nationally and internationally. The program has been adopted by bariatric surgeons around the world.
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