This is what I was thinking. Gastric bands are often portrayed by the media as some miracle cure for obesity - if hes apparently eating so little, what difference would it make?Originally Posted by yally
I don't understand, if he is already eating almost no food, how is the gastric band going to help anyway?
i think the evidence is fairly conclusive that it indeed can cure type 2 diabetes, by a mechanism that isn't entirely understood. per the cleveland clinic :Originally Posted by IamJen
I've never heard of gastric bypass being able to "cure" Type II Diabetes before. Not that I think there isn't some benefit to the surgery for him, but this claim seems off.
A recent study on over 20,000 patients showed that 84 percent who underwent Roux-enY gastric bypass (RYGB) experienced complete reversal of their type 2 diabetes. Rapid improvement in blood sugars and reduction or elimination of diabetic medications is often seen within the immediate period following bariatric surgery, even before significant weight loss.
While the number of diabetic patients needing medical therapy with oral hypoglycemics or insulin reaches almost 90 percent over time, the need for medical management falls to less than 8 percent among those who have gastric bypass. These results are typically persistent for rest of the life, as long as normal body weight is sustained. Resolution of diabetes is measured by normalized fasting blood sugar and glycosylated hemoglobin (HgA1C) concentrations. Some studies show that every 1 percent drop in HbA1C causes a relative reduction of long-term complications of diabetes by 25 to 45 percent.
There are such plans available. There's also support groups etc for people. I don't have diabetes but I do need to lose weight and there is a weekly support group at my local doctors surgery as well as private appointments available with a nurse who specialised in it (like the help to quit nurses for smoking but for losing weight). Only problem is that I've been on the waiting list and it's going to add up to 2 months from getting onto the list to actually being seen because there is a massive demand for it but if you have diabetes or other weight-related illnesses then you go to the top of the list.Originally Posted by Pixie
A man who works with my husband had a gastric band on the NHS and it did reverse his type 2 diabetes but he said he is starving all the time now. Wouldn't it make more sense to try and set up an exercise and healthy eating plan for patients.