Doctor Makes Case for Bariatric Surgery as Diabetes Cure

Weight loss surgeon, Dr. Samuel Bledsoe, gives talk at 2015 New Orleans medical conference, details key findings of bariatric-related diabetes research

Nov 16, 2015, 08:30 ET from Dr. Samuel Bledsoe

ALEXANDRIA, La., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bariatric surgeon Dr. Samuel Bledsoe made the case for weight loss surgery as an effective weapon against diabetes in his presentation at the 2015 Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants (LAPA) annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Photo -

Research continues to mount in support of the assertion that bariatric surgery has a positive impact on people who suffer from diabetes or who are at risk of developing the disease. In his speech titled "Is Diabetes A Surgical Disease?" Dr. Bledsoe detailed the amazing effects that bariatric surgery has on diabetes, including prevention and even reversing the condition.

Some of the key findings highlighted in Dr. Bledsoe's talk include:

- Bariatric surgery reduces the risk of developing diabetes in high-risk patients by 78 percent.

- Bariatric surgery will either cure or improve diabetes 95 percent of the time one year out from surgery and 84 percent of the time 5 years out from surgery.

- A 45-year old woman with diabetes and a BMI of 45 will add anywhere from 3-12 years on to her life by having bariatric surgery.

- Bariatric surgery reduces the risk of a diabetic having a myocardial infarction (heart attack) by 44 percent.

November is National Diabetes Month, a time to not only support those who live with the disease on a day-to-day basis, but to raise awareness about the risks and ways people can take action.

"All diabetics with a BMI greater than 30 deserve the opportunity to have a consultation with a bariatric surgeon," said Dr. Bledsoe.

About Dr. Samuel Bledsoe

Dr. Samuel Bledsoe is the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital (CSFCH) in Alexandria, Louisiana. He is also a partner at Mid-Louisiana Surgical Specialists, the Section Chief of Surgery at CSFCH, a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, go to

Media Contact:

Dr. Samuel Bledsoe


SOURCE Dr. Samuel Bledsoe