The recent research released in the UK divulged the amazing impact of weight loss surgeries on the remission of type 2 diabetes. Researchers found approximately three-quarters of obese patients with type 2 diabetes who went under the knife with the weight loss surgery procedure evidently possessed negative signs of type 2 diabetes after the surgery for two years. This surprising result offered a solution to assist in stemming the global “diabetes epidemic” with eloquent clinical and economic impacts.
Even though the mechanisms still remain unclear, the study conveys that the fundamental remission of type 2 diabetes after undergoing a weight loss surgery cannot be ascribed to the loss of weight alone. A possible explanation for the improvement in blood sugar control lies in the effect of a certain surgery on the “key gut hormones,” which are responsible for starting up the release of the insulin to the pancreas, therefore assisting in normalizing the blood sugar. This study included 34 patients with type 2 diabetes who are obese and underwent weight loss surgery. Not only did they show impressive weight loss, but there was also a significant cessation of the clinical signs of diabetes. The second part of the research discovered that all the weight loss surgery patients encountered an increase in their insulin production and betterment in the insulin resistance within one week of surgery. With the rise in the insulin produced, and the improvement of the body’s sensitivity to the blood sugar-regulating hormone, diabetic patients who are obese can be cured effectively of the said condition.
The known results of the said study have valuable implications for the patients and the NHS budget. The estimated amount that the recent NHS spends on diabetes is about £9 billion, this budget is able to treat 2.5 billion patients who are suffering from diabetes, with bills from their drugs totaling up to nearly £650 million in 2009/10. With the popular results of weight loss surgeries that lead to remissions of diabetes, the NHS is going to be able to save a lot of money and the expenditure is going to be considerable and beneficial to the much wider economy.
Many patients who have undergone weight loss surgery with cured diabetes gave testimonials for the positive effect. Not only did they lose weight but the fact that they do not have diabetes anymore made living their life so much easier and less expensive, minus the diabetes drugs that they used to take and maintain. Their quality of life improved and made wonders with their self-esteem. Their limitations started to lift off as they slowly begin to be more active.
One example of this is Mr. SG, a 40-year-old truck driver from Milton Keynes who was cured of his Type 2 diabetes in less than a week after his weight loss surgery. Before the procedure, Mr. SG wasn’t able to take insulin to control his condition, because of the DVLA restrictions on his heavy goods license that would result in him being attested unfit to work. With that said, he had poor control of his diabetes and requires the maximum anti-diabetes drugs, costing the NHS about £120 per month. He tried to improve his condition by losing weight but failed miserably.
Finally, he decided to get a weight loss surgery at the Imperial Weight Centre and was discharged without complications after two days. By less than a week after his surgery, his diabetes has gone into remission and his medications were stopped. Mr. SG now enjoys normal blood glucose levels like any healthy individual and is now looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and start working again.
Mr. SG commented: “I had tried everything to lose weight and despite losing more than two stones my diabetes showed no signs of improvement. It was a case of getting my diabetes under control or losing my job and being forced to claim benefits. The surgery has changed my life and means I no longer need to take any diabetes medication, with the added benefit of helping me to lose weight and reduce the risk of other serious illnesses.”
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