Medical monday_ weight loss surgery and diabetes – story

General and vascular surgeon Dr. McKenna from BayCare Clinic talks about the relationship between bariatric surgery and the effects it has on diabetes.

Some obese people who have weight-loss surgery see their diabetes disappear. Their blood sugar normalizes, sometimes mere days after surgery, and they no longer need medication to control it.

However, there isn’t much that outweighs the benefits of an active

lifestyle and enhanced diet, but a randomized trial published earlier this year found evidence that bariatric surgery beats traditional lifestyle changes in resolving conditions involving high blood sugar.

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery and potential diabetes reduction is to discuss your health situation with your physician. He or she will help you chart a treatment course that could indeed include weight-loss surgery.

For more information, visit www. baycare. net or call (920) 288-8250.

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