Published on March 27th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Weight Loss Surgery Can Cure Diabetes, New Research Indicates
Whoa, stop the presses- it seems that researchers are saying that weight loss surgery may actually cure- not alleviate- type 2 diabetes.
What we know about type 2 diabetes is that it is overwhelmingly the most common type of diabetes, affecting 95% of all diabetic Americans. It is also known that lifestyle factors such as activity level and diet affect your chances of eventually becoming diabetic, along with genetic predisposition, race and socioeconomic considerations. Weight loss surgery also isn’t a new thing, albeit more popular in recent years as obesity has become an increasing problem.
Two studies released Monday examine the effects of weight loss surgery on “diabesity,” a term that is a bit cutesy for obesity-related diabetes. But the research indicates that within fifteen days of surgery, diabetic patients were no longer classified as diabetic. One such patient, 50 year old Jon Diat, spoke to the Washington Post about his experience treating diabetes with surgery versus pills. Diat explains:
“I was maxed out on the medications. It was very grim… [Before the surgery], they told me, ‘You’re going to see rapid results,’ but it was amazing. I literally lost 70 pounds in the first three months,” he said. “I was off insulin within less than 72 hours of surgery. I am in complete, total remission of diabetes. My blood sugars are normal.”
Researchers believe that the findings of the two studies could revolutionize the way diabetes is treated, and that offering a surgical option sooner rather than later could drastically impact diabetes rates.