How Bariatric Surgery May Help Cure Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, of the nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes, 95 percent have Type 2, which is preventable. Unhealthy diets and excess weight are the prime factors contributing to America’s high diabetes rate.

Bariatric surgery, also known as gastric bypass, has proven to be an effective weight loss procedure, particularly for people who struggle to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, however, have discovered that bariatric surgery can also help treat diabetes and, in some cases, eliminate it completely.

Bariatric surgeon Dr. Philip Schauer performs separate bariatric surgeries on married couple Randy and Tina, who were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes, respectively.

Dr. Schauer explains how bariatric surgery is performed. Plus, see how the procedure assisted Randy and Tina to lose a combined 285 pounds and live diabetes-free!

While bariatric surgery can be a successful means to combat obesity and its related health complications, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork stresses that the procedure is not intended to be a cure-all. Healthy dietary and lifestyle changes are imperative to increase and maintain its efficacy.

“It’s a tool. You either use it or you don’t,” Tina says. “For us, we have used it, and tried to figure out the best way to get our bodies to do what we now want them to do.”

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