An Answer to Many Chronic Conditions
Excessive weight affects your life - how you look, how you feel, and the things you can or can't do. Obesity can also affect how long you live. Carrying excess weight increases your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions. But, it doesn't have to - studies show significant weight loss may improve, or even resolve, these conditions.
Diabetes and Obesity
Diabetes and obesity are intimately connected. Almost 90 percent of people newly diagnosed with diabetes are overweight or obese, according to the American Diabetes Association. An obese person has double the risk of developing diabetes. A severely obese person has ten times the risk. Type 2 diabetes is the form of the disease most closely linked to obesity. Approximately 90 percent of all diabetics in the United States are type 2 diabetics.
Complications of diabetes include heart disease, blindness, nerve damage and kidney damage. People with diabetes can lose limbs from nerve damage and/or foot problems that can ultimately lead to ulcers and infections.
Doctors don't know exactly how bariatric surgery resolves diabetes. Questions remain regarding the role that weight loss surgery can play in treating, and potentially curing, diabetes. Physicians also debate when the surgery should be performed - when diabetes is first diagnosed or down the road, when complications have already begun to arise.