Lethargic and sedentary lifestyles, fueled by desk jobs and the availability of door-step delivery of every service imaginable, has led to the rise of Obesity – a condition that fosters a host of co-morbidities in its presence. Out of this pool of associated conditions, Diabetes Mellitus, or Type II Diabetes renders the highest prevalence across nations globally.
An article published in the Economic Times recently revealed that obesity in Indians above the age of 35 has led to the onset of Type II Diabetes, hypertension, lung disease at a high incidence rate. The average national prevalence stands at 6.96 %, with a large number of cases in the South and East of the country.
Diabetes is caused by large amount of sugar, or glucose, in the blood which the body is not able to break down. Excess fat in the body affects the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin – a hormone vital for breaking down of blood sugar. A person with obesity is 6 times more likely to develop diabetes.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40 makes a person obese. A healthy diet combined with exercising at least 3 times a week can help with reducing body weight and bringing diabetes into check. However, losing excess body weight is not always easy, especially when combined with issues like heart disease and joint pain. In difficult cases as such, Bariatric Surgery is a safe and effective way to get rid of excess body weight.
In this procedure, the amount of food consumed is reduced and controlled by making changes to the stomach and other digestive organs. With the reduced intake of food and other recovery and maintenance activities prescribed by the surgeon, excess body weight is greatly reduced.
One of the significant benefits of Bariatric Surgery is the remission of diabetes. With food intake reduced, the blood sugar levels recede quickly. Other conditions related to diabetes also show improvement – like recovery from sleep apnea, reduction of blood pressure levels, and so on.
It is important to understand that post-surgical care recommended by the doctor must be carried out to completion to gain the benefits of the procedure. If you are suffering from diabetes and are obese, please consult a bariatric specialist to know more about how this surgery can help you recover.