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For many patients, weight loss surgery can dramatically improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
60 to 80 percent of bariatric surgery patients with type 2 diabetes experience an improvement in diabetic symptoms within a year of their procedure.
Many patients can modify or eliminate their diabetes medication following their procedure. In some cases, patients may even experience a remission from diabetes after their weight loss surgery.
Obesity greatly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a lifelong disease in which your body does not properly process glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood.
Learn how the type of bariatric procedure you undergo could affect your type 2 diabetes.
Many people who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience dramatic weight loss — sometimes as much as 60 percent of their excess weight. Most gastric bypass patients show no signs of diabetes after their procedure.
Under the gastric band procedure, a surgeon will place an inflatable band around the top of the stomach to form small pouches where food goes. More than 45 percent of patients who undergo this procedure eventually experience a remission from diabetes.
This procedure, which removes a large portion of the stomach and changes the way food moves to the intestines, is shown to be the most effective weight loss surgery for minimizing the symptoms of diabetes.
Weight management in the form of diet and exercise is critical to both treating type 2 diabetes and achieving your weight loss goals after bariatric surgery.
Learn more from the UPMC Health Beat blog.