According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), type 2 diabetes leads to many health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, neuropathy and even death. The effect of weight-loss surgery on a person’s health is almost immediate. About 90 percent of patients see improvements in their diabetes that lasts for years after having surgery, the ASMBS said.
“Oftentimes, we don’t send patients home on their diabetic medicines after weight-loss surgery,” Dr. Northup said. “And those who are not able to come off their medication have significantly reduced medication requirements.”
Patients should not wait for their physician to take the first step in following this new recommendation. Dr. Northup encourages diabetics to keep the following in mind:
A new vital sign: Patients and their physicians should treat body mass index as a vital sign and seek to resolve it with no less urgency or importance as hypertension or high cholesterol. Be aware of your BMI and the disease processes already affecting your body. Talk to your doctor about steps to resolve it.
Don't wait it out: Weight-loss surgery should be an option discussed between a patient and physician early in the treatment of the diabetes disease process. Take the initiative to discuss the possibility with your physician or conduct your own research ahead of time.
Understand the urgency: Diabetes is a serious illness and one that can have a significant impact on a person's overall health. Around the world someone dies from complications of diabetes every ten seconds, according to the ASMBS.
A discussion is the first step: Taking the first step in discussing weight-loss surgery doesn't lock you into a serious commitment. Patients should realize there is time to discuss their options — such as which weight-loss surgery is right for them — before deciding to do it.
For more information on bariatric surgery, go online to www.pmba.com.
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