Would you ever consider weight surgery to treat your diabetes? Well a recent study indicates it works better than diet or exercising.
That being said I don’t know whether I would want to go through that would you?
Anyway here’s that story:
Weight Surgery Treats Diabetes Better Than Diet, Exercise
In a small study of obese patients, weight-loss surgery was better at keeping type 2 diabetes at bay than diet and exercise alone, researchers report.
In fact, three years after weight-loss surgery, more than two-thirds of those who had a procedure called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to shrink their stomach didn’t need any diabetes medications.
And one-third of the people who chose a procedure called adjustable gastric banding no longer needed diabetes medications three years after surgery, the study found.
“Surgical treatments show promise for durable, longer-term, type 2 diabetes control in people with obesity,” said lead researcher Dr. Anita Courcoulas, a professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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The report was published July 1 online in JAMA Surgery.
The researchers recruited 61 obese patients with type 2 diabetes for the study. They were between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.
The researchers randomly assigned the study volunteers to either an intensive weight-loss program for one year followed by a less intensive program for two years, or weight-loss surgery. Some patients had a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and others had adjustable gastric banding.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass reduces the size of the stomach to a small pouch — about the size of an egg — which reduces the amount of food you can eat. Adjustable gastric banding restricts the size of the opening to the stomach, also decreasing the amount of food you can eat.
In terms of type 2 diabetes, researchers found there was more improvement in the surgical groups than in the lifestyle-only treatment group. Forty percent of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and 29 percent of the adjustable gastric banding patients achieved complete or partial remission of their diabetes at three years, Courcoulas said. No remission was seen in the nonsurgical group..
Do you have pre diabetes? Well if you’re genetically predisposed and seriously overweight chances are that may well be the case, First thing to do is to see your doctor and get the related checkup and if that confirms you are than you shouldn’t despair because fortunately prediabetes can often be reversed or staved off with exercise and the right diet:
You Have Prediabetes – Now What?
Robin Dorsey’s grandparents, mother, siblings and cousins have all had diabetes. She was the lucky one who escaped the grasp of the chronic disease that’s expected to impact 1 in 3 Americans by 2050 – until she became pregnant at age 29. That’s when hormonal changes pushed her body into a state of prediabetes, setting the stage for the full-blown variety, Dorsey says.
Prediabetes wasn’t just bad luck. Dorsey, now 37, was genetically predisposed. Because her mother had Type 2 diabetes, Dorsey’s risk for developing diabetes was already 1 in 7, according to the American Diabetes Association. Some researchers believe the risk is greater if both parents have Type 2 diabetes. The ADA also reports that 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes in 2012, up from 79 million in 2010.
There aren’t any particular symptoms of prediabetes beyond having blood glucose levels that are higher than average. This elevation in blood sugar – also called glycated hemoglobin or HbA1c in technical terms – is often not high enough to be considered Type 2 diabetes, says Dr. Margaret Powers of the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet in Minneapolis.
People without diabetes have a normal HbA1c reading of 5.7 percent; those with prediabetes often have a range of 5.7 to 6.4 percent. Beyond that is full-blown diabetes, according to the ADA’s website.
People who are overweight, inactive or have a family history of diabetes have the greatest risk of developing prediabetes. Importantly, Powers adds: “If somebody is diagnosed [with pre-diabetes], it doesn’t mean they will get diabetes, but it does mean they’re at a higher risk than someone without diabetes.”
Read on: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/06/23/you-have-prediabetes-now-what
Here’s s a story that might ultimately spell good news for those suffering from the Type 1 Diabetes and them having to take insulin every day for life:
“Johnson & Johnson has begun a research partnership to find the root cause of Type 1 diabetes and stop the hormonal disorder in its tracks. It’s the health care giant’s first project under its ambitious initiative to prevent or at least intercept and reduce harm from many diseases.
In a collaboration with immunologist and Washington University professor Dr. Emil Unanue and his colleagues, researchers at J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals will explore how specific immune system cells are involved in the initiation and progression of Type 1 diabetes.
The disease, also called juvenile diabetes, affects about 5 percent of Americans with diabetes, roughly 1.25 million people. For reasons that aren’t clear, the immune system attacks and destroys beta cells in the pancreas that make the hormone insulin, which is needed to convert blood sugar into energy. As a result, patients must take insulin every day for life. When diabetes is poorly controlled, complications including blindness, amputations and kidney failure can result.
“We hope to be able to manipulate the (immune) system in such a way that this no longer drives the destruction of beta cells, while maintaining protection against infections and tumors,” said Dr. Joseph A. Hedrick, leader of that project.
What You Need to Know to Reverse Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease of the pancreas. When you eat food, your pancreas naturally releases insulin. This insulin helps your body balance your blood sugar level.
If your pancreas is diseased, it may not be able to release as much insulin as you need or it may not release any insulin. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes happens when your pancreas can’t produce any insulin.
People who have type one often have to give themselves shots of insulin to help their body regulate their blood sugar levels. In people with Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces some but not all of the insulin the body needs.
Both types of diabetes require you to carefully monitor your blood sugar level. If your level gets too low or too high, you won’t feel your best and you can develop other health issues as well.
There are medications available to people with either form of diabetes. However, research has shown that you can reverse the effects of diabetes. One of these ways is through weight loss.
While anyone can develop diabetes, you’re more likely to have the condition if you’re already overweight. Losing weight helps take some of the strain off your pancreas.
Watching what you eat can also help you. Your goal should be to keep your blood sugar levels consistent throughout the day. You don’t want your sugar level to spike too high or drop too low.
Some people with diabetes have found that they can reverse the disease by avoiding snacks and meals high in carbohydrates. There are two types of carbohydrates and those are fast acting carbs and slow acting carbs.
You can find fast acting carbs in many popular junk foods. If a food contains white flour or high amounts of sugar, it’s probably a fast acting carb. These types of carbs often give you a sugar rush and provide a temporary amount of energy thanks to a spike in your blood sugar level.
There are also slow acting carbs. These carbs are much better for your body because they release slowly over time and don’t cause sudden sugar spikes. If you’re looking for some slow acting carbs, reach for black beans, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal.
Anyone who has diabetes knows that the disease has many different symptoms. These symptoms can range from tingling in the hands caused by nerve damage from high glucose levels to frequent urination.
As time passes, diabetes can cause a lot of serious harm to your body unless you reverse it. Well over 25 million people now have diabetes. There are two types of diabetes.
Type 1 means that the cells in the pancreas have been destroyed. This is usually caused by an autoimmune disease. Very little insulin is produced in the pancreas and certainly not enough to keep glucose levels manageable.
Of the two types of diabetes, this one can be the most difficult to regulate and is often diagnosed in early childhood. However, Type 2 diabetes can be more easily reversed because this form of the disease is linked to metabolic disorders rather than cell destruction.
People who have Type 2 diabetes don’t have enough insulin production to control their glucose levels. To understand how to reserve diabetes, you’ll need to follow some tips such as the ones shown in Diabetes Free.
Understand the Truth About Diabetes
If you look around in the medicine section of a grocery store or drug store, you’ll easily notice that there are numerous products dedicated to living with diabetes. You’ll find equipment for all kinds of diabetic needs, equipment for keeping your feet comfortable and protected from nerve damage, books on diabetic meal planning and more.
When you keep checking, you’ll see that there are scores of different testing supplies that you can purchase. In the past, to buy a glucose meter, testing strips and lances, you had to have a prescription.
But now that millions of people have been diagnosed with this condition, you can just pick up supplies over the counter. That pretty much removes the limit to how often you can test your levels and how much money you can spend on all of the products.
If you’ll pay attention to all of these supplies, you’ll notice that all of them are there to teach you how you can thrive while having diabetes. Your doctor will have you come in for A1c testing periodically so that you’ll know how well you’re monitoring your levels.
This way, your medication dosage can be raised if your levels are staying too high. You’ll get warned about the long term complications of diabetes – such as blindness or amputation if you don’t keep a tight control on those numbers.
Having all of these products and all of this information from doctors is a good thing, right? Not always. Because when you have tools that help you stay where you are, it’s too easy not to change.
It’s too easy to just accept that this is the way it will always be. What all of this has in common is that the mindset you’re being taught is geared toward making sure you understand how you can live with it rather than how you can fight it.
Instead of loading yourself down with information on accepting and living with diabetes or allowing others to tell you that you have to live with it – look at the alternative – reversing diabetes.
Take back control of your health. It’s easier to do than you might think. Reader’s Digest had an article online dated November 2012 that talked about some guidelines the American Diabetes Association was giving new patients.
Instead of automatically going on medication for diabetes after a diagnosis, the ADA suggested trying some lifestyle changes first. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the results debunk the myth that once you have diabetes, you’ll always have it.
Using lifestyle changes, participants monitored in one of the groups were said to be in diabetes remission. Their glucose levels were within normal range without the need for any medication.
Medications and Insulin Don’t Treat the Root Cause of Diabetes
When someone gets diagnosed with diabetes, one of the first things most doctors will do is give them a prescription for medicine or insulin to get those numbers under control.
But that’s actually one of the worst steps that you can take. So why do doctors handle it this way? Because it’s become the gold standard for the way that diabetes is treated. …
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