Weight loss has a positive impact in type 2 diabetes1
Many people with type 2 diabetes are overweight and losing weight is an achievable strategy to improve disease management.1
Healthy lifestyle choices and medication, however, aren’t always sufficient to control blood sugar levels, and bariatric surgery can be considered when a body mass index >35 is also a risk factor.2
There’s strong evidence that surgery can place diabetes in remission3
There should be a huge incentive for people with type 2 diabetes to eat healthily – blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol are all easier to manage. However, sticking to a plan requires motivation and is easily compromised by family factors and work schedules.
Recent medical research has shown that obesity surgery can directly affect how the body uses insulin. This is in addition to weight loss and improvements in blood sugar levels. Surgery has the potential to:4
- Change how hormones in the gut work – directly affects how the body produces insulin
- Increase the production of bile acids – make the body’s cells more sensitive to insulin
- Improve the way cells use insulin – leading to lower blood sugar levels
Nestlé Health Science has a range of nutritionally complete shakes and soups to assist weight control prior to bariatric surgery.
- Wilding JPH. Int J Clin Pract 2014; 68(6): 682–691.
- 2. NICE 2014. Obesity: identification, assessment and management. Available at:https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg189/chapter/1-recommendations#bariatric-surgery-for-people-with-recent-onset-type-2-diabetes. Accessed November 2018.
- Singh AK et al. Indian J Endocrinol Metab 2015; 19(5): 563–576.
- 4. Diabetes UK. Weight loss surgery for Type 2 diabetes. Available at: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/treating-your-diabetes/weight-loss-surgery. Accessed November 2018.