For Diabetes, Surgery May Be Better Than Treatment
March 27-Two studies have found that weight-loss operations worked much better than the standard therapies for type 2 diabetes in obese and overweight people whose blood sugar was out of control, according to an article in today's New York Times. People who had bariatric surgery that stapled the stomach and rerouted the small intestine were much more likely to have a complete remission of diabetes, or to need less diabetes medication, than people who were given the typical regimen of drugs, diet and exercise. The surgery also helped many to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol.
Type 2 diabetes: one of the fastest growing diseases
Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing epidemics in human history, according to an editorial published with the two studies. The disease, which causes high blood sugar, is linked to obesity and often becomes harder to manage as it progresses. It can bring devastating complications like heart disease, strokes, blindness, amputations and kidney failure.
In the United States, the number of diabetes cases has tripled in the past 30 years to more than 20 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the cases are type 2. Type 1, far less common, is not linked to obesity.
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Hurley Bariatric Center: the recognized leader in bariatric surgery
Accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Bariatric Surgery Center Network, as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, and as a Cigna Three-Star Quality Center for Bariatric Surgery, the Hurley Bariatric Center has performed over 4,000 bariatric procedures since 1999.
Choose the weight loss option that's right for you
At the Hurley Bariatric Center, we recognize that weight loss surgery isn’t for everyone, and that each of our patients is unique with their own personal story and goals. That’s why our team of highly-skilled bariatric surgeons partner with patients to help them choose a custom-tailored plan that’s right for them for successful, sustained weight loss. We provide pre- and post-surgical emotional support, nutrition and exercise counseling, and all the information patients need to make this life-changing decision, as well as 24-hour post-surgical care by our expert surgeons and staff.