Do you know that diabetes prevalence throughout the world is primarily due to obesity? Approximately, 90 percent of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is attributable to excessive body fat. Our urban lifestyle, poor dietary habits, reduced physical activity and genetic predisposition, all are adding obesity not only in adults but in children and teenagers too. If such trends continue, obesity-related metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension etc may strike many more people in the years to come.
Also, a well established fact is that losing weight, especially around the waistline may improve pancreas function and insulin sensitivity. All these facts may urge many of us to loose weight for diabetes management. But, shedding those extra pounds may not be that easy for some, though, it may sound very simple. Also, for some, diet control and exercises may not just be enough. They may still require some additional intervention that could help them loose weight. Hence, in such cases, weight loss surgery may be a big boon and may bring a big difference in their diabetes management.
So, when we count on weight loss surgeries, bariatric surgery is one such surgery that may be an effective treatment for individuals who are affected by T2DM and are obese. Let us see how this surgery may help!
Bariatric surgery benefits for diabetics in obese
As evident from various research and studies, bariatric surgery can help in:
- Remission or improvement in diabetes.
- Substantial weight loss
- Reducing or even eliminating the need for diabetes medications in many patients
- Improving diabetes-related health problems by controlling cholesterol and blood pressure levels, thereby, averting complications
Types of Bariatric Surgeries
When performed to manage diabetes, bariatric or weight-loss surgery is known as