Surgery for Diabetes

By stevelr Latest Reply 2012-03-30 13:03:13 -0500
Started 2012-03-27 04:25:59 -0500

The following article is in today's NY Times:

Surgery for Diabetes May Be Better Than Standard Treatment

Tags: diabetes

6 replies

MrsCDogg 2012-03-29 15:04:15 -0500 Report

Every time I see or hear this my antenae go up. It just seems like the latest hype to me. Has anyone ever watched the TLC show called My 600lb Life? Very fascinating show. It follows a group of people who have had weight loss surgery. They were a group of the largest people that the surgery has ever been performed on. All of them were 600lbs or above. I feel for those people but for most of them the weight loss was only half of the battle. The other half was their attitude about life in general. So I'm not convinced about any weight loss surgery.

GabbyPA 2012-03-30 13:03:13 -0500 Report

I agree it does boil down to attitude to make it a success. I have a friend who did very well with it and looks great. She has kept the weight off for years. BUT, the complications that happened nearly 6 years later made me shutter. I am not sure I could go through something like that.

It was her attitude and desire to work hard that made it a success for her. That is the same thing that works on regular diets without the surgery.

jayabee52 2012-03-29 15:21:55 -0500 Report

I have much the same reaction. I have a friendly acquaintence who had the surgery (she didn't have diabetes) who did it to take the stress off her replacement knees. She had seemingly not followed her restictive meal plan (no more than 4 oz of food/drink.) since she had put almost as much weight on her as she had before the surgery. Sad, really!

Caroltoo 2012-03-27 21:13:42 -0500 Report

Interesting article. Several people on-site have mentioned the information today. I appreciate seeing the actual article. I wonder if this means that the standards for which bariatric surgery are approved will be changed. At this point in time, for a diabetic to qualify requires a BMI of 35, compared to the 40 required for a non-diabetic. Thanks for posting!

GabbyPA 2012-03-28 09:38:09 -0500 Report

Yes, it is everywhere today. Good to see so many people are sharing that news. Now we just have to wait to see how much truth is in it.

jayabee52 2012-03-27 13:21:55 -0500 Report

The link for the article is here ~

May I suggest, Steve, that you go to the bottom of the page and click on the "feedback" link and ask the tech people to insert this link into your original posting so that the link does not get pushed down to the bottom by subsequent postings.

This seems to be a hot topic right now as yesterday someone posted about this and today someone else has posted about it too from a different source than the NY times.

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