“It can take a year after bariatric surgery to get down to a healthy weight, but the diabetes seems to be going away much more quickly
,” says Dr. Schauer, who has seen this in many of his patients. He says, as of yet, there’s no clear explanation for why this occurs, but he speculates that hormones made in the stomach, which stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin, are increased by the surgery. More (and ongoing) research is needed to completely explain it, but Dr. Schauer says the important thing is the results, which have been replicated in many studies.
The best candidates for the surgery are those who are obese and who have Type II Diabetes with blood sugar that is not controlled, he says. He notes that all surgery has risks, and you should discuss this with your physician carefully.
“Already, we are seeing primary care physicians becoming much more aware of this option,” he adds. If you or someone you know thinks you might be a candidate for this surgery, you should discuss it with your physician.