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.
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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