The excess weight we carry around makes us candidates for all kinds of
health problems. One of the most serious is Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Christina Richards joins us with how to treat the weight, so we can
avoid diabetes, or in some cases improve it.
The prevalence of obesity in the United States is continually increasing, and
the rate at which Americans are developing health problems related to
excess weight is also on the rise. Type 2 diabetes is a disease often linked
with obesity and can be a great cause for concern if left untreated.
What is Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition, which develops when the body
resists the effects of insulin or does not produce enough insulin to
maintain a normal glucose level. Although the specific cause of Type 2
diabetes continues to be unclear, there are several contributing factors,
including obesity and inactivity.
Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve Type 2 diabetes for most
struggling with obesity.
– Surgery can help normalize blood sugar levels without diabetes
– Once a person begins to lose weight, other health problems, which
would normally impede physical activity, significantly improve.
– When urgent health concerns related to Type 2 diabetes are present,
such as kidney or heart damage, surgery can be an effective and immediate
option to improve health.
It is important to keep in mind that not everyone is a good candidate for
bariatric weight loss surgery. A consultation with a physician is the best
place to start. Find out more by contacting:
Dr. Christina Richards
Bariatric Medicine Institute in association with Salt Lake Regional Surgical
1046 East 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102