Bariatric surgery is considered today as the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes. This fact has been proven for almost 20 years, and the improvement is long-term, as studies show most patients rarely relapse to the condition. Surgeries Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and biliopancreatic diversion are currently considered the most effective treatments for the illness.
You may ask yourself, will my condition be cured? Your doctor is likely to speak about the remission of your condition, which is the true status of the illness after surgery because saying the condition is cured would be inaccurate. The reason for this is that although, as stated above, the risk of relapsing is low, it continues to be a possibility. To have a more clear idea of where your condition stands after surgery would be to think of it as inactive.
Unfortunately, studies show that whether or not you have diabetes, if you are a bariatric candidate, you are inclined to have some level of insulin resistance and this puts you at risk of developing the condition. Nevertheless, as stated above, it is treatable with bariatric surgery.
With the illness, the diabetic patient’s health has quite a negative tendency. When blood sugar remains uncontrolled, the correlated health problems may be quite serious. Sugar peaks in blood lead to all sorts of correlated health problems, such as mood disorders and fatigue, to name the less serious of them; hypertension, heart disease, kidney failure, can make the diabetic patient and those who surround him live a daily struggle, even when the patient is under medical treatment.
With bariatric surgery as treatment for the condition, there is, in fact, an almost instant improvement after surgery! Most patients show a notable improvement in their glucose and insulin levels in the blood, returning to normality within days after surgery. Weight loss, actually, will occur long after these levels are back to normal. And besides weight-loss, bariatric surgery also helps the liver! Studies show that after surgery, the liver stops accumulating fat. This also leads to fewer concentrations of glucose and insulin in the blood. Keeping the status of remission for a long time is possible, but your lifestyle and habits, as well as following your surgeon’s instructions is important to keep your health in check.
Why and how these positive impacts appear almost immediately after surgery remains a topic of interest amongst experts.
There are studies currently taking place in Spain where researchers are looking at how surgery impacts energy levels in diabetic patients. They aim to find what possibilities may come by modulating two key hormones that take part in energy level stability. They approach the study with the expectation that some new perspectives might help reduce diabetes-related risks that continue to be latent in many patients by studying how these hormones impact homeostasis, a term used in medicine to refer to all those processes that occur on their own within our organisms and help keep its properties and composition constant or invariable.
The results are yet to be revealed as the study is only still at a starting level, but we will keep you updated.
If you have type 2 Diabetes, some form of bariatric surgery can be the right treatment for you; however, this can only be assessed by a professional. Undergoing surgery should only follow through after his or her consent and professional evaluation.
Remember you will have to follow new guidelines that your surgeon will provide, which will help you keep your body working for you and not against you. And your commitment to sticking to the plan is crucial for a sustained healthy life.
Some patients may be specific cases that may require them to continue to take medications, especially if their condition before undergoing surgery had them on a high dose of insulin and if they have had diabetes for a long time. This doesn’t mean, however, that they won’t achieve control over their glycemic index after surgery, the medication will be indicated mainly to prevent possible complications.
A normal and healthy life is achievable and your decision to undergo surgery along with your efforts will be reflected in a near future. At Mexicali Bariatric Center we will give you all the support you need to make it!