I have been reading a few articles recently published about the effect of bariatric surgery both gastric by-pass and gastric banding on type 2 diabetes. In both processes, significant numbers of patients went into remission on their diabetes (defined as controlled blood sugars without meds) and others saw significant improvement in their management of the disease with marked reductions in meds taken. Some studies are recognizing specific metabolic changes but the mechanism and importance of these changes have not been clearly defined. The research shows that bariatric surgery has had marked improvements and that these improvements more than justify the expense incurred and should be supported by health insurers.
I would like to know is who in the community has undergone any bariatric procedures and what has been their experience. In attending a class on the subject today, I learned that many changes are necessary in dieting and exercise behaviors and I am wondering if simply adopting those restrictions could basically have the same effect and if people have tried what has been their experience.
The recent developments in the scientific literature seem quite encouraging and I am wondering if there are any doctors or nutritionists who could add their insights as well.
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