Diabetes and Bariatric Surgery

Though the most effective treatment for insulin-resistant diabetes is weight loss, losing weight can be very difficult for extremely overweight patients.

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center say nonsurgical weight-loss methods, such as dieting, aren’t successful for long-term weight loss in morbidly obese patients. Bariatric surgery, in which the size of the stomach is reduced, can help these patients lose weight.

There are many kinds of bariatric surgery, and the surgery isn’t a magical weight-loss cure-all. Patients who’ve had the surgery need nutritional counseling and lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, to lose weight and keep it off. This surgery is a major life decision, and you need to discuss your options with your doctors.