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November is American Diabetes Month®

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Approximately 29 million people in America have diabetes. While this disease can strike anyone at any age, it is particularly common among individuals who suffer from severe obesity. Type-2 diabetes, the most common form of the condition, is one of the most frequently experienced comorbid (obesity-related) conditions among people who are severely obese. November is American Diabetes Month®, and our bariatric surgeon, Dr. Stephen G. Boyce, along with the entire team here at the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery are doing our part to spread awareness of this growing health crisis and ways it can be fought.

Type-2 diabetes is characterized by the body’s resistance to or inability to produce enough of a hormone called insulin. As a result, the body’s glucose and blood sugar are not regulated properly. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death, and complications stemming from the condition can include nerve and kidney damage, heart disease, blindness, and other serious health concerns. In addition to the millions of Americans who have diabetes, 86 million more are at risk for it. The American Diabetes Association estimates that almost 90 percent of people who are diagnosed with the disease are obese or overweight. In fact, it is estimated that those who have severe obesity have ten times the risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes can often be controlled; however, for individuals who have severe obesity and also suffer from type-2 diabetes, weight loss surgery has proven to be very effective at not only significantly reducing the condition, but also potentially eliminating it altogether in some cases. Research has found that gastric bypass surgery in particular often leads to a dramatically quick normalization of blood sugar levels in many patients.

Bariatric surgery offers many advantages to patients, chief of which being the ability to reduce the risks of serious health conditions caused by severe obesity, including type-2 diabetes. If you would like more information on treatment options that can help you meet the challenges of type-2 diabetes, please contact the New Life Bariatric Surgery Center today.

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