U.S. News & World Report addresses weight loss surgery and Type 2 diabetes
An article posted online by U.S. News & World Report addresses the potential of a "cure" for Type 2 diabetes through weight loss surgery. (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2014/12/12/can-weight-loss-surgery-cure-diabetes)
The article, posted on December 12, 2014, states, "The U.S. is in the midst of twin epidemics - obesity and diabetes - according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Obesity is a major risk factor for developing diabetes, and more than 90 percent of Type 2 diabetics are overweight or obese, according to the ASMBS. Some obese people who have weight-loss (or bariatric) surgery see their diabetes disappear. Their blood sugar normalizes, and they no longer need medication to control it. Whether the diabetes-free benefit lasts forever, though, remains to be seen."
This sentiment is echoed by Dr. Dieter Pohl, founder of the weight loss surgery program at Roger Williams Medical Center, which has been a "Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence" since 2005.
"Many patients who have had weight loss surgery at Roger Williams have an experience similar to the one described in the article," said Dr. Pohl. "We have patients who have come off their diabetes medications sometimes within a few days following surgery."
Dr. Pohl added that while all weight loss surgery patients will not see their Type 2 diabetes disappear, for many it is the most effective treatment. Dr. Pohl invites anyone interested in learning more to attend a free weight loss surgery informational session at Roger Williams. The seminars take place the second Wednesday of every month at 6 pm in Kay Auditorium at Roger Williams. To learn more about the free seminars, call (401) 521-6310.
To learn more about weight loss surgery at Roger Williams, please visit: http://www.rwmc.org/services/weight-loss-surgery/