A Cure For Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly common. There are currently 26 million Americans who have diabetes. It is a serious health issue as long-–term complications can include heart attacks, strokes, amputation, and kidney failure, among other maladies. As obesity rates continue to rise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that by 2050 1/3 of all Americans will have Type 2 diabetes.
There is a lot of research being done to find a cure for diabetes. However, research has shown that having gastric bypass surgery cures Type 2 diabetes in about 80% of patients. In one sample, doctors at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh said they performed 2,400 gastric bypass surgeries over the course of 11 years and found that 4 out of 5 patients were cured of their type 2 diabetes.
Gastric bypass surgery is a procedure in which the size of the stomach is reduced and the intestines are shortened. Thus, the patient absorbs fewer calories. Patient’s food intake is restricted and weight loss ensues. This can lower the risk of medical problems associated with obesity and improve a patient’s health.
With growing evidence of its effectiveness, the International Diabetes Foundation says that it should be considered a treatment for diabetes. Patients who have diabetes and get gastric bypass surgery, have better control of their diabetes almost immediately.
There are other types of weight–loss (bariatric) surgeries that change a patient’s digestive system, such as laparoscopic gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomies. Typically gastric bypass has fewer complications than other types of bariatric surgeries.
Gastric bypass surgery is not for everyone. It can be a risky procedure, which can lead to complications. Some patients have even died as a result of having the surgery. It also leads to permanent lifestyle changes for the patient. They will have to change how they eat and how they lead their lives, eating healthy and getting regular exercise. Consulting with a nutritionist is a very good idea with respect to gastric bypass surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery is quite expensive, typically costing between $20,000 and $25,000. Most, but not all insurance plans, cover the procedure. Also, to quality for the procedure, usually you must have a body mass index of 40 or more or a serious medical condition that would improve with weight loss.
Patients who are considering gastric bypass surgery should carefully weigh the risks and benefits and consult with physicians. Despite its risks, gastric bypass surgery is about as close to a cure for diabetes as there is right now.