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Treatment of Diabetes. Is It Surgery?

Mar 11, 2008
Diabetes is a very common disease which is widespread all over the world, can cause serious complications if not controlled in the initial stages. Nearly seven percent of the people in United States are suffering from Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is caused due to lack of Insulin in the body. There are Islet cells in the pancreas in the body which produce the hormone, Insulin. If the cells in the body do not react to the Insulin then Insulin can not be utilized by the cells, hence causing Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes patients are initially treated with a healthy, well-balanced diet and regular exercising. A well-balanced diet and exercising helps in maintaining blood sugar level in the body. Regular exercise and healthy diet controls the body weight thereby controlling diabetes. If dieting and exercising do not help, than other modes of treatment like giving oral medications and Insulin shots are the next steps of the Diabetes treatment.

Weight-loss surgery has emerged as a very effective remedy for Diabetes. As compared to other modes of treatment of Diabetes, weight-loss surgery has better results on Type 2 Diabetes patients. Gastric-bypass and lap-band surgery are the two kinds of weight-loss surgery. It has been found that diabetes patients react fast to weight-loss surgery as compared to other modes of treatment. At first, Lap-band surgery was considered less beneficial than gastric-bypass surgery as it was found that that lap-band surgery made some hormonal changes in the body.

But fortunately, the surgeons proved wrong and the lap-band surgery also brought about the same changes as gastric-bypass surgery without any complications and side-effects. Both the methods of weight loss surgery follow different ways to operate. Under lap-band method, a silicone band is tied around the upper area of the stomach thereby bounding eating. While under Gastric-bypass surgery, the stomach is divided into two smaller and larger portions, the upper pouch and the lower pouch thereby rearranging the small intestine.

Almost 84 percent of the Type 2 diabetes patients in United States are given the gastric-bypass surgery treatment. The ratio of the death-rate of the patients undergoing Gastric-bypass surgery is 1 in 200 while the ratio of the death-rate of the patients undergoing Gastric-bypass surgery is 1 in 2000. Lap-band surgery has less side-effects in comparison to the Gastric-bypass surgery and is more safer than the Gastric-bypass surgery as the gall bladder is completely removed from the body in case of gastric-band surgery.

Normally, diabetics prefer to go for Insulin shots and other oral medications. It is not obvious that a well-balanced diet and exercising will bring the required results. The lap-band surgery eliminates the need of Insulin shots, oral medications, exercising and dieting. Obese people, having mass index above 40, people with high fat and cholesterol, hypertension and Type II diabetes, can respond fast to lap-band surgery rather than other modes of treatment. Reducing weight helps diabetics control the disease more effectively. All the above mentioned methods of treatment are beneficial to almost 76% of type 2 diabetes patients.

But sill, research is going on to find out the reasons why obesity is the leading cause of diabetes. And why weight loss can help in controlling diabetes? Excess fat in human body degenerates the insulin's reaction. But research is going on to verify the role of fatty acids in the blood as well as hormones released by fat that regulate insulin.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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