The effect gastric bypass has had on the health of various individuals around the world has been well noted in the media. With high profile notables like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie having Lap-Band surgery, bariatric surgeries are starting to help people who’ve been afflicted with obesity for far too long. And with obesity, Diabetes has also been a growing issue around the world that’s concerned the medical community in how vast it’s becoming.
But is gastric bypass surgery starting to place Diabetes into remission for those who have the procedure done? Some are even going as far as saying gastric bypasses are curing many people with Diabetes.
The Statistics on Diabetes Remission
With Medscape being the latest to report on this exciting news, stats show that those who suffered from Type 2 Diabetes were seeing remissions up to six years after surgery. Even the American Diabetes Association has more or less considered these statistics to be grounds for calling it a cure. This goes with the fact that 27% of the above patients had complete remission for up to five years.
While this news is groundbreaking in the implications, some of it has been going on since gastric bypasses became available to the public. The stats are just now being reported, however, and there’s still controversy over whether it truly is a cure or just a temporary fix.
Reports From Europe That Type 2 Diabetes Still Recurs
Medical studies from Sweden have reported that Type 2 Diabetes still recurred in some people there after a gastric bypass. Regardless, this was after a remission period of 10 years. And it didn’t do a comparison with those who ultimately don’t control their Diabetes with a gastric bypass.
Overall, the numbers are impressive and show evidence that even with some recurrences, those with gastric bypasses helped their overall health. Many people cut their heart attack and stroke levels down by having the bypass help control their cholesterol levels.
The debates still rage on, though. When you take a look at the discussion forum on Medscape with medical professionals, there’s one takeaway that has to be kept in mind.
Taking Control of Your Health After Gastric Bypass
Here at Desert Surgical & Bariatric Specialists, we adhere to our patients eating better and starting an exercise program after the surgery is done. Doing this alone gives a good chance of preventing recurrences of Diabetes if you’re fortunate enough to experience remission.
Contact us if you’re contemplating having a gastric bypass to control your obesity and want to control your Diabetes. Despite evidence showing amazing results in helping Diabetes, there can never be a guarantee gastric bypass will do the same for you. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to finally take control of your weight and bring your health to a level you’ve struggled to manage for years.