With regard to your health, there are some things you cannot neglect. Some suffer from being overweight, but there is a point when overweight becomes what is medically termed “obese”. Obesity is dangerous, and along with being hazardous to your heart, can also bring with it type II diabetes.
A healthy diet and exercise are the best answers to staying fit and healthy, but obesity oftentimes makes it so that you are unable to perform strenuous activity. If this is a problem you are faced with, bariatric surgery could be the solution.
Some things to know about bariatric surgery:
- It is only performed on people who are medically diagnosed as “morbidly obese” with a Body Mass Index of 40 or greater.
- Bariatric surgery changes the anatomy of your digestive system, and depending on which surgery you elect, will either decrease the size of your stomach or decrease the amount of nutrients you can absorb.
- This procedure can only be performed after the patient has shown significant attempts to lose weight through strict diet and exercise programs.
In the diabetic population of the United States, type II diabetes dominates 90 percent of sufferers. Scientists say that type II has been linked to the amount of belly fat a person has. Because of this, a good percentage of morbidly obese Americans suffer from type II diabetes.
Seventy-five percent of these sufferers who undergo bariatric surgery find that after the surgery, their symptoms are gone, and the need for insulin injections diminishes as well. The hormonal and metabolic changes caused by the surgery have been found to positively affect the body’s ability to produce insulin.
Though bariatric surgery is not a sure “cure” for type II diabetes, it can drastically improve your quality of life. Make the choice to fight obesity, and schedule a consultation with the team at Memorial Hospital. With talented doctors and years of combined experience, Memorial Hospital gives you the chance to return to doing the things you love most.
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