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Bariatric Surgery Is a Better Weight Loss Option For Diabetics

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Studies suggest that opting for surgical weight-loss treatments over nonsurgical programs may be a smarter choice for some diabetics.

Type-2 diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body cannot or does not produce enough insulin to manage blood sugar levels. It is often associated with obesity, although people of average weight may also develop the disease.

It's important for people with diabetes to keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range to prevent damage to blood vessels and nerves. Properly managing blood sugar levels involves making healthy food choices, being physically active and using medications as prescribed.

We've found that individuals who are diabetic and have a BMI of 30 to 35 have greater short-term weight loss and better intermediate glucose outcomes after a surgical procedure than those who followed traditional diet and exercise plans.

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, surgery improves type 2 diabetes in nearly 90 percent of patients by lowering blood sugar, reducing the dosage of or eliminating the need for diabetes medications, and improving diabetes-related health problems.

If you have diabetes and are looking to lose weight and maintain your blood sugar, consult a physician or attend a free information session.

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Learn about bariatric surgery and get the support you need to continue on your weight-loss journey. We offer workouts, recipes and tips from Bariatric Surgery program team members, and stories from patients like you.

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