Reverse Diabetes With Surgery

If you are obese (BMI greater than 35) and suffer from type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery may be your best option. A recent Cleveland Clinic study found that many patients no longer had a need for insulin and medication after undergoing bariatric surgery.

“While diet, exercise and nutritional counseling are healthy ways to lose weight, patients who are very ill may experience more success with surgery,” says Ryan A. LeGrand, MD, bariatric surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “This is good news for people who have become frustrated with traditional weight loss programs.”

LeGrand_RyanIn the study, 37.5 percent of gastric bypass patients and 24.5 percent of sleeve gastrectomy patients reduced their blood sugar below targets set by the American Diabetes Association, compared with 5 percent of patients who lost weight through diet and exercise.

In Saint Francis’ Weight Loss Solutions program, patients receive extensive nutritional counseling before and after their surgery. To determine your BMI, visit www.sfmc.net/dev-2015/health-assessments-and-calculators.

For more information, call 573-331-3996.

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