Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery may help reduce risk for microvascular disease in diabetics

August 13, 2018 - 3:30 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Over the past 10 years, bariatric surgery has gained in popularity. What was once considered a purely cosmetic procedure to allow people to lose weight has been found to have numerous medical advantages, especially if successful. 

According to a new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, bariatric surgery has been found to reduce what is known as microvascular disease in people who have diabetes. Microvascular disease is damage to the small blood vessels. This type of damage can impact the flow blood to the eyes, the kidneys, and the blood vessels in the legs. Over many years this type of damage can lead to blindness, kidney failure, and even amputation. 

Bariatric surgery and the weight loss that follows actually helps reduce the blood sugar and the subsequent damage that can occur. 

There is another big lesson to learn. All of us lose weight and with this weight loss we can impact the blood sugar in our own body.