A new study is showing that weight loss surgery has proven to be an effective and long-lasting treatment for type two diabetes.
Some patients are even able to maintain a normal blood sugar level without medications or insulin shots.
Marla Evans, 57, must pay close attention to what she eats after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.
Evans did not have the surgery because she was overweight.
She did it in attempt to treat her uncontrolled type two diabetes.
Evans said, “I was game for anything to get rid of diabetes.”
Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic enrolled Evans in a weight loss surgery study for patients who had tried and failed to control their blood sugar levels.
According to the study, compared to those on weight-loss medications, patients who underwent bariatric surgery were much more likely to lose a significant amount of weight and go off all diabetes medication.
Dr. Philip Schauer and colleagues found surgical patients were able to reduce their need for drugs for high cholesterol and blood pressure.
Dr. Schauer said, “Surgery is the only known treatment that can actually put a patient into long-term remission.”
Outside experts say surgery should only be considered as a last resort.
They believe only patients who have exhausted all other options of controlling their blood sugar should consider this procedure.
Dr. Michael Jensen said that while this study reaffirms that the improvements are durable, he does not think this is a cure for type two diabetes.
According to reports, Marla Evans has lost 80 pounds, has maintained normal blood sugar levels, and has enough energy to look after her new granddaughter.
Bariatric surgery is said to cost around $50,000 and is often not covered by insurance.