Weight Loss Surgery To Treat Diabetes

The most effective treatment of Type 2 Diabetes is surgery for weight loss. Currently 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many are overweight.  While the mainstay treatment has always been to decrease weight, there has never been a diet or consensus about how to do it.  The “diabetic diet” that many are placed upon is rather ineffective by itself.

The Most Effective Treatment for Diabetes is Weight Loss Surgery

The Most Effective Treatment for Diabetes is Weight Loss Surgery

The American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Federation, and 43 other health groups developed a consensus that surgery should be considered the option for those who qualify. Their consensus reads that for those whose body mass index is over 40 should undergo surgery regardless of their overall blood sugar, and for patients with a BMI of 35 whose diabetes is inadequately controlled in spite of lifestyle changes and medication. The guidelines even went so far as a BMI of 30 (which the FDA recently approved for the Lap-Band).

The 11 studies they examined all compared various weight loss operations to standard treatment for diabetes. In all the studies, weight loss surgery had better control, and often – as in the case of the Lap-Band study, showed remission of diabetes.

Weight Loss Surgery’s effect on Diabetes has been known for years by weight loss surgeons.  So much so they are now called “Metabolic” operations.  The number of insurance companies that have expanded coverage has increased, and yet the number of weight loss operations has not increased since 2009.

Lap Band

The first study showing surgery was more effective than standard diabetic care involved the Lap-Band in 2008.  The study compared standard treatment of diabetes with intensive lifestyle changes to Lap-Band with lifestyle changes. The Lap-Band showed a remission in Type 2 Diabetes in 75% of people who had been diagnosed with Diabetes for less than two years. The Lap-Band remains the least invasive and least costly of all weight loss operations.

Cost of weight loss surgery has decreased to as little as $10,000 for a Lap-Band done in the United States. If you believe you qualify for weight loss surgery, you should contact our office for a consultation. (602-234- SLIM). It is our belief that lifestyle changes with weight loss surgery make a powerful combination. Weight loss surgery (metabolic surgery) without the lifestyle changes is like buying a Ferrari without using high octane gasoline.

Lifestyle changes are critical to weight loss.

Lifestyle changes are critical to weight loss. But without weight loss surgery it is like trying to mow 1000 acres with this lawn mower. Surgery is like having a riding lawn mower. Still a lot of work- but it makes it easier.

Metabolic Surgery for Type 2 Diabetes: Changing the Landscape of Diabetes Care
William T. Cefalu1⇑, Francesco Rubino2 and David E. Cummings3
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Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.

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