LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Obesity rates climb year after year, and even extreme obesity, where a patient is well over 100 pounds overweight, has seen a fivefold increase in the period between 1986 and 2000. As the premier weight loss surgery provider in Southern California, Michael Feiz, MD, FACS has seen numerous morbidly obese patients afflicted with health concerns stemming from their excess body weight, the most prevalent among them being type 2 diabetes. This disease not only carries the daily hassle of monitoring of blood sugar, it also leads to premature death from organ system failure. Fortunately, Dr. Feiz has seen many of his lap band and sleeve gastrectomy surgery patients shed their type 2 diabetes along with the significant weight they lose.
Studies have shown that bariatric surgery has the effect of reversing type 2 diabetes in almost three-quarters of patients, and this number increases to more than 85% when counting patients who report improvement of their glycemic control, a special diet technique. These patients, on average, lost 55.9% of their excess weight. For many patients, Dr. Feiz recommends the sleeve gastrectomy in particular as an effective way to not only lose weight, but to completely change eating habits by the near-elimination of the ghrelin hormone, which causes hunger and cravings.
It doesn't even take years for patients to reverse their type 2 diabetes after bariatric surgery; it may take as few as several months, as Dr. Feiz has seen with his patients. One patient was Constance McLin, who was severely pre-diabetic, with high blood pressure and sleep apnea; and lost 75 pounds in 9 months and is now diabetes-free. Another patient, Kim White, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes shortly before she underwent gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Feiz, and shed her diabetes in only four days after her procedure.
A recent 10 year-study published in the Diabetes Care Journal states that type 2 diabetes often resolves when patients undergo bariatric surgery. More than just weight loss spurs this change, however; it is also in the way the patients permanently change their lifestyle, and how bariatric surgery has altered their digestive system.
Dr. Feiz champions the gastric sleeve procedure because it gives patients the tool they need to make a lasting change in their lives on their weight loss journey. Bariatric surgery helps patients effectively lose weight and often see a complete resolution of their type 2 diabetes, which entails total discontinuation of all diabetes-management medications and blood glucose within the normal range. Notably, patients who do not have bariatric surgery but instead partake in lifestyle intervention programs frequently fail to lose significant weight, or their weight loss is generally modest and only temporary.
Another bonus is that the anti-diabetic effect of bariatric surgery is long lasting, and patients have been documented to be diabetes-free even after 16 years after surgery. Patients are far less likely to die prematurely from diabetes after bariatric surgery, as studies have shown this number is reduced by 92%. This makes bariatric surgery is generally a highly effective means of eliminating type 2 diabetes.
If you suffer from type 2 diabetes and obesity, don't delay calling Dr. Feiz & Associates to set up your FREE, no-obligation educational seminar to learn more about your weight loss options. Call (800) 868-5936 today to learn more!
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