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Type 2 Diabetes in Men and How Weight Loss Can Help

Posted at 9:08 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 11:08:45-05

The prevalence of obesity in the United States is continually increasing, and the rate at which Americans are developing health problems related to excess weight is also on the rise. Type 2 diabetes is a disease often linked with obesity and can be a great cause for concern if left untreated. Approximately 29 million people have diabetes in the U.S. and a large portion of that number is men. While some people with type 2 diabetes can gain control of this disease through lifestyle changes, others may see better improvement through weight loss surgery.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes in men

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger, even after eating
  • Frequent urination
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness or tingling in hands or feet
  • Fatigue

How bariatric weight loss surgery improves type 2 diabetes

Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve or even resolve type 2 diabetes for most struggling with obesity by, what is believed to be, rerouting part of the digestive system. This may change the way the gut sends signals to the brain and the brain to the liver.

Surgery can:

  • Help normalize blood sugar levels without diabetes medication.
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Help eliminate or lessen the need for diabetes medication in some patients.
  • Significantly improve the ability to become active again.
  • Be an effective and immediate option to improve health when urgent health concerns related to Type 2 diabetes are present.

Is bariatric weight loss surgery the right treatment for you?

For those with a shorter history with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery should not be considered a last resort treatment. Actually, studies show that surgery should be offered sooner to more people with the disease.

It is important to keep in mind that not everyone is a good candidate for bariatric weight loss surgery. A consultation with a physician is the best place to start.