Tag: bariatric surgery

Seriously! Stomach surgery first option for diabetics?

By Marika Sboros

I’m always unnerved when doctors encourage diabetics to have stomach surgery before more effective, much safer, less invasive methods. Like simple dietary changes.

The recommendation has been popping up again on social media.

There is robust evidence to show that bariatric surgery can be life-saving for morbidly obese people. However,  it is invasive and the success rate is nothing to write home about. Complications can also be lethal and include heart attack, stroke and death.

So it should be worrying when doctors advise stomach surgery as first resort, especially for diabetics who are only mildly obese.



Real diabetes cure: diet or trimming your innards?

diabetesBy Marika Sboros

Doctors across the globe believe that bariatric surgery is a “breakthrough” treatment for type 2 diabetes. They claim that it’s the closest that modern medicine has come yet to a cure.

Bariatric surgery is an invasive procedure to reduce the size of the stomach or intestines or change the way the body absorbs food.

Doctors use it to treat morbid obesity that is sometimes a close companion of diabetes. For that reason, they often refer to the co-existing conditions of obesity and diabetes as “diabesity”.

So far, most obesity specialists have recommended bariatric surgery as last resort for people who can’t lose weight by conventional means. Now some say that even if diabetics are only mildly obese, bariatric surgery should be first option. 



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