Can Gastric Bypass Surgery Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

Gastric bypass surgery has the greatest potential weight loss and has become a popular surgical option. It is also known to reverse the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.

In fact, just recently a coalition of international experts have announced that weight-loss surgery should be a standard treatment for people with type 2 diabetes. This is a radical departure from the conventional approach to tackling type 2 diabetes. The report, which included endorsement from Australian experts, recommends surgery as standard treatment for obese type 2 diabetes patients – with a BMI over 35 – who can’t control their blood sugar levels through other means.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes currently affects more than 150 million people worldwide, and that number is expected to increase. Over 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are usually known to be obese or overweight, or may have a family history, and are older. Unlike Type 1 diabetes in which the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin, Type 2 diabetes produces enough insulin, but for unknown reasons, the body is unable to use it.

Why Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery involves reducing your stomach to about the size of a small orange. The stomach is then directed to bypass the upper small intestine. The goal is to reduce the amount of food the stomach can handle and absorb.

Gastric bypass surgery has proven to improve blood sugar by changing the levels of gut hormones, as well as by speeding up weight loss. It may also change the balance of microbes in the digestive system in beneficial ways. For some, normal blood sugar levels will return, sometimes just days after surgery. That could mean you’ll need less medication or none at all.

Gastric bypass surgery offers the greatest potential for weight loss. It can also reduce your risk of suffering from weight related health problems like diabetes type 2, both offering the chance to improve your overall quality of life.

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Please note that the information provided by the Life Weight Loss Centre is intended for informational and educational purposes only. This information is not intended as, nor is it a suitable replacement for, professional medical advice. We urge you to seek out the advice of a medical professional with respect to your individual medical condition or needs.

Life Weight Loss Centre endeavours to provide you with accurate information. However, please note that all information provided is of a general nature and may not be applicable to your condition or situation. You should always seek out a medical professional for advice on your specific medical needs.

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