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Type 2 Diabetics Lose More Weight With Bariatric Surgery than with Medical Nutrition Therapy

Type 2 Diabetics Lose More Weight With Bariatric Surgery than with Medical Nutrition Therapy
Type 2 Diabetics Lose More Weight With Bariatric Surgery than with Medical Nutrition Therapy

The medical nutrition therapy patients had an average weight loss of 4.2% of their body weight, which is less than the 10% reduction often recommended by clinicians to improve blood sugar, blood pressure, and other comorbidities that can lead to medical complications. Gastric sleeve surgery patients and gastric bypass patients showed significant weight loss, with both groups losing an average of over 20% of their body weight.

In a study comparing outcomes of 150 obese patients with type 2 diabetes who had either gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery, or medical nutrition therapy alone, it is clear that those who had bariatric surgery lost significantly more weight than those who didn’t. By a long shot.

After a 3 year follow up of the STAMPEDE clinical trial, the results were as follows:

Group Weight at
Baseline
Weight After
3 Years
Percentage Weight
Change
Medical Nutrition
Therapy
229.9 lb 220.4 lb 4.2%
Gastric Sleeve
Surgery
221.3 lb 174.4 lb 21.1%
Gastric Bypass
Surgery
235 lb 177.3 lb 24.5%

The medical nutrition therapy patients had an average weight loss of 4.2% of their body weight, which is less than the 10% reduction often recommended by clinicians to improve blood sugar, blood pressure, and other comorbidities that can lead to medical complications. Gastric sleeve surgery patients and gastric bypass patients showed significant weight loss, with both groups losing an average of over 20% of their body weight.

Type 2 diabetes has become increasingly more common among Americans as our obesity rates soar. According to a 2015 CDC report, over 30 million Americans have diabetes. One of the largest risk factors for type 2 diabetes is obesity. Weight loss can help reduce blood sugar levels, and in many cases weight loss and diet modification can reverse type 2 diabetes. For many people who have been unable to successfully lose weight on their own, bariatric surgery, including gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, have been the tool they needed to lose weight, maintain their weight loss, improve their diets, and reduce their blood sugar levels.

If you have type 2 diabetes and are considering bariatric surgery, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, call Dr. Shillingford today at (561) 483-8840 to schedule a free informational session to learn if bariatric surgery is right for you. These weekly informational sessions are held in Dr. Shillingford’s Boca Raton office, which is conveniently located for many patients in the Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Parkland, Delray Beach, and Wellington areas. To learn more about obesity and diabetes, please visit Dr. Shillingford’s website www.obesityanddiabetes.com