DAYTON, Ohio (April 25, 2017) – Weight loss surgery has a significant impact upon a person’s fight against diabetes; however, it has always been seen as a last resort for obese individuals battling the disease. That tide has converted with the support of 45 leading healthcare organizations, who released a suggestion this past year, saying that weight-reduction surgery is highly recommended as a first line of treatment for obese people with diabetes.
C. Joe Northup, MD, of Leading Bariatric and Metabolic Affiliates, said the new recommendation is a vital step to help individuals win the war on type 2 diabetes. “Research shows that less than half of adults with type 2 diabetes will resolve their disease through the assistance of medical intervention such as medicine or changes in lifestyle,” said Dr. Northup, who methods with Premier Physician Network.
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Dr. Northup said it’s important that weight-loss surgery is seen as an initial line of treatment therefore the disease is resolved quickly. In the past, weight-reduction surgery may have helped solve a person’s type 2 diabetes, but only after many years of progression and harm to the body.
“Medical ailments – such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and diabetes – damage your body over time,” he said. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), type 2 diabetes leads to numerous health problems such as cardiovascular disease, heart stroke, blindness, kidney failing, neuropathy, and death even.
The aftereffect of weight-reduction surgery on the person’s health is nearly immediate. About 90 percent of patients see improvements in their diabetes that endures for years after having surgery, the ASMBS said. “Oftentimes, we don’t send patients home on their diabetic medications after weight-loss surgery,” Dr. Northup said. Patients should not await their doctor to take the first rung on the ladder in following this new recommendation. A new vital sign – Patients and their physicians should treat the body mass index as an essential sin and seek to solve 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 an individual and a doctor early in the treatment of the diabetes disease process. Take the initiative to discuss the possibility with your physician or conduct your own research in advance.
Understand the urgency – Diabetes is a serious illness and one which can have a substantial effect on a person’s overall health. Around the world someone dies from problems of diabetes every ten seconds, according to the ASMBS. A conversation is the first rung on the ladder – Taking the first rung on the ladder in talking about weight-reduction surgery doesn’t lock you into a significant commitment. Patients should realize there is certainly time to go over their options – such as which weight loss surgery is right for them – before deciding to do it.