Transforming Health: Bariatric Surgery’s Effect on Diabetes and Hypertension

Bariatric surgery can be the game changer for those struggling with weight-related issues. At the forefront of these issues are often diabetes and hypertension. These problems can affect every aspect of your life; however, bariatric surgery can help. Transform your health and get back to the activities you previously enjoyed.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

It’s important to understand what the surgery is and if you are the proper candidate. A gastric bypass or a gastric sleeve are the most common forms of the surgery. They make the stomach smaller to lower appetite. To qualify for the surgery patients must have a BMI over 35, weigh under 450, and have an inability to lose the weight naturally. After taking all of these factors into consideration, the surgery can have numerous health benefits.

The Effect on Diabetes

Bariatric surgery can have a major impact for those with type 2 diabetes. With weight loss, metabolic risk factors like blood glucose and cholesterol levels can improve. It can also help prevent further problems down the road like retinopathy (damage to the eyes/vision problems) and cardiac autonomic neuropathy (damage to the nerves that control the heart). Ultimately, tackling obesity and keeping the weight off can minimize many of the problems caused by diabetes. 

The Effect on Hypertension

Obesity is a common cause of hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure. Bariatric surgery can lower blood pressure and ultimately lead to hypertension remission. According to a study, 68.1 percent of patients tested were in remission one year following the surgery. However, a healthy lifestyle must be maintained alongside the surgery to continue to see the benefits. Keeping the weight off is essential to keeping blood pressure down.

Get Your Quality of Life Back

Tri State Bariatrics is here to help you with every step of the surgery. Our team of professionals consists of everything from surgeons to dieticians to ensure you have a plan you can maintain. We also help you understand what to expect before undergoing the surgery. We recognize the physical and emotional struggles associated with diabetes and hypertension and want to help you get back to living a normal life. 

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