Diabetes is diabetes, right? Wrong! There are several types of diabetes and they are all very different. Two conditions, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes can be caused by obesity. Here we take a look at these conditions and how weight loss surgery can help.
Technically prediabetes isn’t a type of diabetes. However, it is a very important indicator. Nearly everyone who develops type 2 diabetes has prediabetes first. People with prediabetes have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but they are not high enough to be classified as diabetic.
Research shows that when a person has prediabetes, long term damage can be caused to particularly to the heart and circulatory system. This is because of the strain already being put on the system by increased blood glucose levels and inhibited insulin production or function.
By diagnosing and addressing prediabetes, people can make sure they don’t develop type 2 diabetes. By changing your diet, losing weight and exercising regularly you can help to slow or stop the rise in blood glucose levels that causes diabetes.
One study showed that exercising for 30 minutes a day, in partnership with losing 7% body fat, can reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60%.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes, also known as insulin-resistant diabetes, is the most common type of diabetes. Millions of Americans are affected by the disease, and millions more are at high risk without even knowing it.
If a person has type 2 diabetes their body either doesn’t produce enough insulin to process the sugar in their blood, or their cells don’t use the insulin properly. Glucose made from food (starch, carbohydrates and sugars), is then used to power cells and allow them to perform essential functions. Insulin carries the glucose from the blood to the cells, where it provides fuel. So if a type 2 diabetic doesn’t make enough insulin, or the body resists the insulin, glucose builds up in the blood, causing hyperglycaemia and starving the cells of energy that they need.
As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas produces more insulin. It is possible that the pancreas will, over time, wear out and lose its ability to produce insulin entirely.
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, or even reversed, with weight loss surgery. Recent studies show that relief from type 2 diabetes is a common side effect of weight loss surgery. However, it is likely that more and more people will undergo weight loss surgery as an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes, with the added side effect of weight loss.
Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes
A professional Weight Loss Clinic will offer patients a full range of weight loss surgery procedures. This is because not every procedure will be right for every patient. At Weight Loss Surgery Mexico we assess each individual patient according to their needs, their health, and their desired outcomes of the surgery. In this way we make sure that each patient has the very best chances of achieving their weight loss goals and reversing many of the serious conditions that can arise as the result of obesity, such as heart conditions, type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and joint conditions.
For more information about whether weight loss surgery to help to prevent or cure your type 2 diabetes or pre diabetes, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.