Surgery for Diabetes

Surgery for Diabetes

Diabetes and excess weight are closely associated with each other; 40% of people with obesity have type II diabetes and 80% of type II diabetics are overweight. This relationship between obesity and diabetes is now often referred to as ‘Diabesity’.

Long term diabetes which is not well controlled leads to many serious health problems including:
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Amputations
  • Ulcers
  • Eye, kidney and nerve problems.

Additional Information

Benefits of surgery for diabetes

Losing weight will help improve your diabetic control, but weight loss surgery can effectively cure type diabetes in over 80% of cases. This is explained best by looking at the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy operations. Aside from their weight loss effects, these procedures have an effect on the body’s hormonal mechanisms which can result in complete resolution of type II diabetes.

For many years we have known that following these two procedures, the levels of various diabetic hormones in your blood change immediately after surgery (before weight loss even occurs). These serve to correct your blood sugar control almost straight away. This effect can be so strong at times that patients coming into hospital on insulin injections and other medications for diabetes are quite likely to leave hospital after surgery without needing these treatments. And they may not need them ever again!

Metabolic surgery

The gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures are so effective in treating diabetes that they are now collectively known as ‘metabolic surgery’.

Further reading

A number of recent medical papers confirm the superiority of weight loss surgery over conventional tablet treatment in the remission and resolution of type II diabetes:

Bariatric Surgery versus Conventional Medical Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery versus Intensive Medical Therapy in Obese Patients with Diabetes

Safe and effective

Mr Ahmed, together with his expert team of diabetes specialists, will ensure that your remission from diabetes following surgery occurs safely and effectively.

Mr Ahmed has also carried out research which shows that Type 1 diabetic patients can also benefit from bariatric surgery; needing far less insulin with better sugar control after having weight loss surgery.