What You Should Know about Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes

November 1, 2017 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Bariatric Surgery

Woman outside on her laptopAffecting millions of people worldwide, diabetes is a condition that influences the way the body manages glucose. Did you know that bariatric surgery is effective in helping diabetic patients improve their blood sugar levels, often reducing or eliminating the need for medication?

At LIMARP® International Center of Excellent for Obesity, serving San Diego, CA and Tijuana, MX, Dr. Liza María Pompa González and her surgical team offer several types of bariatric surgery. Here, we discuss bariatric surgery and diabetes, and how weight loss procedures can help you achieve a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.

Exploring Bariatric Surgery Candidacy for Diabetic Patients

If your body mass index (BMI) is over 35, and you have unsuccessfully attempted to lose weight and keep it off, then weight loss surgery may be an optimal option for you. During a consultation, our doctors will perform a full physical and emotional assessment to determine if you are adequately prepared for bariatric surgery. Emotional health is crucial when undergoing this type of procedure, due to the drastic lifestyle changes that will be required after your treatment.

In addition to a physical and emotional evaluation, your doctor may also test for nutritional deficiencies so an effective supplemental regimen can be established. Before you undergo your surgery, we will discuss side effects, risks, and medication instructions for a successful outcome.

The Importance of Treating Diabetes and Obesity

The development of Type 2 diabetes is directly related to obesity, and both are increasing at alarming rates. Now, more than ever, it is important to address these diseases with proper treatment and lifestyle changes. Complications from diabetes can result in:

  • Blindness
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Impotency
  • Amputations
  • A decline in cognitive function
  • Kidney failure
  • Neuropathy
  • Stroke
  • Higher mortality risk from specific types of cancer

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery among Diabetic Patients

Those who suffer from diabetes and obesity can significantly improve their health and quality of life with bariatric surgery. Due to hormonal changes in the gastrointestinal tract, many diabetic patients who undergo weight loss surgery notice immediate improvement of Type 2 diabetes, even before significant weight loss occurs.

Considerations after Your Surgery

When considering any surgical procedure, it is helpful to be well informed about the recovery process. Understanding what to expect can help put you at ease and alleviate some of your anxieties.

Depending on the type and extensiveness of the surgery, many patients stay in the hospital for two to four days after the procedure. For the first three to six weeks, a liquid or pureed diet will be recommended; solid foods can typically be gradually reintroduced after one month.

It is important to understand that bariatric surgery is not a cure for diabetes or obesity. While it is extremely effective at jumpstarting a healthier lifestyle, you must take steps to keep the weight off following your surgery. For this reason, many bariatric surgeons recommend that you schedule a consultation with a nutritionist so you can develop healthy dietary habits.

In addition to a balanced diet, vitamin and mineral supplements will be a necessary part of your new lifestyle. Essential supplements vital to your long-term health include iron, B12, Vitamin D, calcium, and a daily multivitamin.

Learn More about Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes

If you suffer from obesity or Type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery could be a viable treatment option for you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pompa González, call our office at (866) 585-3298 or contact us online.

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