Gastric bypass can be a lifesaver for many people, whether they are at risk for diabetes, or already have diabetes. If you have diabetes type 1 and you are probably not going to need a gastric bypass, because most people with type 1 diabetes are not seriously overweight. However, if you are a type 2 diabetic, you are likely to be obese. A gastric bypass can be beneficial for almost everyone who is seriously obese.
Many people who are seriously obese can’t lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off permanently; however, many people who have gastric bypass surgery lose at least 65 percent of their excess body weight. The benefit for type 2 diabetics is that when they lose a significant amount of body weight, their symptoms of diabetes go away indefinitely.
It is widely known that when you have diabetes you are at risk for many severe medical problems that you would likely not have if you weren’t diabetic. High blood glucose is usually caused by insulin resistance at the cellular level of your organ systems; therefore, if you are a long-time diabetic with out-of-control blood glucose levels you may have already been diagnosed with heart, vascular and kidney problems.
Most people benefit from the gastric bypass surgery, including type 2 diabetics. When you start losing weight your blood sugar levels fall to normal levels. The reason for your weight loss and your glucose levels coming down to normal is that you eat smaller amounts of food, you cannot eat foods laced with sugar, and you become more active when you lose weight and feel better.
Let’s talk about the bypass surgery and how it changes your life for the better in a more informative way. Gastric bypass surgery forces you to change your lifestyle habits. The surgeon alters your stomach and gut, so that you can only eat about one to two ounces. Your stomach is no longer the size of your head, but is the size of your thumb. If you insist on eating sweet foods you will pay dearly for it by becoming very sick with dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome is different for different people. Many people feel out of breath, nauseated, and sometimes will vomit the offending food up out of the stomach during the first year and a half after surgery. You are likely to also get stomach cramps and diarrhea in the first 18 months.
Most of the weight you lose will be during the first 18 months; after 18 months your body begins to become adjusted to the surgical alterations that were made. After the first 18 months many people do put some weight back on, but this isn’t true for all people. Some people actually lose all of their excess fat and keep it off, but many don’t. The reason many people don’t keep all their weight off is that after 18 months you can eat more because you can stretch your stomach out more. Your gut also begins to accept sweets without the severe symptoms of dumping syndrome after the year and ha half time period.
Gastric bypass is a wonderful tool to help seriously obese people who are diabetic or not to lose weight and live healthier lives. When you lose a significant amount of weight you are likely to turn your health around. Your heart, lungs and kidneys stay under stress when you are grossly overweight, and when you lose the weight you discover you can walk and breathe at the same time. You feel better because you are healthy. A word of caution for people contemplating gastric bypass surgery is that the surgery is just a tool to help you get the first 100 plus pounds off, and nothing more. If you have it to lose, you can easily lose 140 to 150 pounds in 18 months, but if you keep trying to eat sweet and fatty foods your gut will adjust to them over time, making it fairly easy to gain the weight back. When you gain the weight back, you can also bring back the symptoms of diabetes, if you were a type 2 diabetic before surgery.