I have been considering having bariatric surgery, most specifically the sleeve rather than Rue N Y. I can't seem to lose weight although I have been dieting and under the doctor's care and she is pleased with my blood sugar readings and I am losing inches but not pounds. In fact, she has decreased my insuline intake twice in two months. What do you think of having the bariatric sleeve surgery? Will it be helpful for me as a diabetic?
Bariatric surgery has become increasingly common over the past several years. More recently, it has been considered as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. A recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported the results of a study comparing the effects of intensive medical therapy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy on glycemic control among people with type 2 diabetes. Patients in each of the surgical groups had better glycemic control and required fewer anti-diabetes medications than those in the medical treatment group. That said, the decision to undergo surgery should not be taken lightly. With any surgery there is risk of complications and adverse effects, not to mention pain, discomfort, and time away from work. You say that your doctor is pleased with your blood glucose readings. If your diabetes is well-controlled already, you would not need bariatric surgery to get it under control. In that case, you would have to consider what other medical conditions you have and how they could be improved by the effects of bariatric surgery.