Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity
Obesity if the primary cause for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can lead to health problems including stroke, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, depression, neuropathy and increased cancer risk. Type 2 diabetes can reduce life expectancy up to 14 years.
Lifestyle intervention is first line therapy for type 2 diabetes.
If you are obese and have type 2 diabetes weight-loss (bariatric) surgery can have a profoundly positive effect on your health. Weight-loss surgery can reverse diabetes and reduce or eliminate the need for diabetes medications.
Uncontrolled high blood sugar and diabetes is dangerous and increases your risk of many serious health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Kidney failure
- Periodontal disease
- Depression and fatigue
- Diabetic nerve disease, which can lead to limb amputation
- How Losing Weight Helps
- Understanding Diabetes
- Weight-loss surgery is not a treatment for type 1 diabetes.
Significant weight loss improves the body’s glycemic control, greatly reducing the potential damaging effects of high blood sugar. As the region’s only academic medical center, UC San Diego Health is developing and performing the most advanced, yet minimally invasive surgical treatments for combating obesity, including:
Stopping the damage
Improved glycemic control from weight loss can halt the damaging effects of high blood sugar.
Nearly 80 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes who have bariatric surgery go into remission.
Giving back control
A recent study found patients who underwent bariatric surgery were more than three times more likely to gain control over their diabetes after one year, compared to a group treated with medication.
Who is a candidate?
The Duodenal Switch is a great option for patients who are obese (BMI > 30) and suffer from diabetes. The procedure can help obese patients with (or help prevent) diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, obstructive sleep apnea, and heart disease or stroke.
What is Duodenal Switch?
The Duodenal Switch operation is done as an addition to the LSG. The whole procedure is known as the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy with Duodenal Switch. Refer to the LSG link on this site to learn more about the specifics of the procedure. For the Duodenal Switch portion of the surgery, the small bowel is rearranged so there is some malabsorption of the fat consumed by patients. The small bowel bypass causes a diversion of the food stream, keeping it from mixing with digestive juices until much later in the small bowel. The overall result of the procedure is a strong combination of stomach size restriction and fat malabsorption into one powerful weight loss treatment. The Duodenal Switch is especially good for individuals who have an excessive amount of weight to lose, have severe insulin dependent diabetes, or have hypertriglyceridemia.
Watch this short video to find out more about how Duodenal Switch works!
How much does the procedure cost?
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The cost not only includes the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional that is doing the procedure. Look for someone who is licensed and trained and has experience treating patients using this procedure. Enroll in the SurgiCare Rewards Program to save money on treatments.
When will I start seeing results?
If the correct diet plan is followed post surgery, 60% of excess body weight can be lost within just one year. After a second year, it is possible to lose 80% of excess body weight.
How long will the results last?
As long as healthy eating habits are maintained, this procedure should last you a lifetime. However, as with any other weight loss procedure, behavior modification and dietary compliance are the key players in determining the long-term success of the procedure. Basically, it comes down to how committed the patient is to losing the extra weight.
Are there any risks associated with Duodenal Switch?
Some possible risks to Duodenal Switch include being under general anesthesia, bleeding, transfusion, pulmonary emboli, and bowel obstruction.
Diet after LDS
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