Bariatric surgery and type 2 diabetes: is there a connection?

Could weight loss surgery help to control your type 2 diabetes – or even take it into remission?

The St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center is an accredited program serving the greater Cincinnati area. We are committed to offering our patients a variety of treatment options, as well as personalized programs and support every step of the way. We know that with the right tools, long-term weight loss is a feasible option for most individuals, including our type 2 diabetes patients.

The basics of type 2 diabetes
Diabetes occurs when the body develops an insulin resistance – meaning it cannot utilize insulin properly. This causes the body’s glucose levels to rise higher than normal. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes includes increased thirst and hunger, weight loss and frequent urination.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that typically begins in childhood, while type 2 diabetes occurs later in life, oftentimes as a result of lifestyle choices such as obesity and lack of physical activity. Genetics can also play a role in type 2 diabetes.

Bariatric surgery at St. Elizabeth
Weight loss surgery – also known as bariatric surgery – gives patients a smaller storage capacity in their stomach, resulting in less eating. Patients who qualify for this surgery typically:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above.
  • BMI of 35 or above with a risk of a serious illness or disorder.

There are different types of bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy. The St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center will discuss each option with you and help you determine if a bariatric surgery is the next right step in your treatment plan.

How can bariatric surgery help?
Bariatric surgery in type 2 diabetes patients is showing promising results. A lot of evidence is showing that weight loss surgery sooner rather than later could be beneficial to type 2 diabetes patients. In addition to altering the patient’s weight, it also makes your tissues more sensitized to insulin.

“Eight out of 10 people with diabetes who have the surgery are either off their medications completely or markedly improved within a year,” says Dr. Ryan Moon, a Bariatric Surgeon at St. Elizabeth Physicians.

Dr. Moon feels that bariatric surgery coupled with a patient’s dedication to eating healthy, embracing an active lifestyle and committing to make healthy choices all contribute to the success of the surgery and the impact on the patient’s diabetes.

It’s not a magical fix, but it is a promising treatment for type 2 diabetes patients who are ready to make a big lifestyle change.

The St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center: we’re here to help
If you have type 2 diabetes and are interested in learning more about if bariatric surgery would be a good fit for you, please call the St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center at (859) 212-4625.