Type 2 Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and managing it can be a complex and ongoing process. One option for those seeking to control their diabetes better is weight loss surgery, which has been proven to help improve long-term health outcomes. Diabetes is caused by the human body’s inability to produce or properly use insulin, the hormone responsible for controlling blood sugar levels. Losing weight through diet and exercise can help reduce inflammation and improve the functioning of the pancreas, thus helping your body better control its blood sugar levels.
Read on to understand how weight loss surgery can help improve your diabetes control and how it can benefit you as an individual.
How Does Weight Loss Surgery Help?
Weight loss surgery can help people having type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugar levels by helping them lose weight. Weight loss surgery works by limiting the amount of food that can be eaten and reducing the absorption of nutrients, which causes the body to rely on stored fat for energy. This process leads to weight loss and can help improve diabetes-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglycerides.
Individuals who undergo weight loss surgery often experience benefits like:
1) A reduction in blood sugar levels. In some cases, weight loss surgery can lead to an almost complete reversal of type 2 diabetes symptoms as the body begins to regulate insulin production.
2) Improved insulin sensitivity. With the excess weight removed, the body can use any remaining insulin more efficiently. This means your pancreas can produce less insulin to complete the same job.
3) A positive effect on weight-related health conditions. Weight loss surgery can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, sleep apnea, and other obesity-related issues caused by carrying too much extra fat.
4) The motivation to make lifestyle changes. Bariatric surgery may not be a permanent fix for type 2 diabetes in all the patients. Still, it can give you the momentum to start making positive changes that help to control your condition and prevent other health problems.
Types of Weight Loss Surgeries for Type 2 Diabetes
Bariatric surgeries help people manage their type 2 diabetes and lose weight. These surgeries can be combined with lifestyle changes, like diet and exercise, or as a stand-alone option for those unable to make the necessary changes. Common types of bariatric surgery used for type 2 diabetes include:
1) Gastric Sleeve
This surgical procedure reduces the size of your stomach. It is a permanent procedure, as part of your stomach is removed. This results in you feeling fuller faster and eating less food, helping you to lose weight.
2) Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery involves rerouting the digestive system so that food bypasses part of the stomach. This reduces the amount of food you can eat and can cause malabsorption, meaning fewer calories are absorbed into the body.
3) Gastric Band Surgery
This surgery involves placing a band around the stomach, which creates two tiny stomachs and slows down digestion. This helps you feel fuller faster and makes it easier to control your portion sizes.
Arch Bariatrics is a leading St. Louis bariatric surgery center. We specialize in providing comprehensive weight loss solutions for individuals dealing with obesity and type 2 diabetes.