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Obesity and Diabetes – Surgery Can Help

Celeste Hebets, P.T.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that affects how the body manages insulin. While the three types of diabetes – Type 1, Type 2 and gestational – can be developed in different ways, Type 2 diabetes has been found to correlate with the increase in body weight in both adults and children. The majority of those with Type 2 diabetes are considered to be overweight, if not obese. Fortunately, adult-onset, Type 2 diabetes can be managed, prevented and often alleviated, especially after weight loss surgery.

Managing Diabetes

Maintaining or striving towards a healthy weight can improve the way the body metabolizes carbohydrates. A 10-percent reduction in body weight can greatly impact the progression of diabetes, help lower obesity and obesity-related health conditions, and have an impact on blood pressure and cholesterol. Losing weight plus leading a healthy lifestyle can delay and even prevent diabetes; for those with diabetes it is essential in managing the disease.

Losing weight can be a vicious cycle

Losing weight can be very difficult, especially for those who are obese or morbidly obese. And, for those who do lose weight, keeping the weight off can begin a new battle, known as the “vicious cycle.”

This cycle often is triggered when a weight loss plateau is reached or when an indulgence of the “wrong food” is made. Soon, get people get discouraged and often find themselves gaining back the lost weight back and new weight.

Break the Cycle

To reap the health benefits of losing weight and to break the vicious cycle, many have turned to weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Bariatric surgery assists the body in quickly losing excess weight. Many people who were living with Type 2 diabetes show a lesser form of the disease, with a decreased need for insulin and/or other medications. In many cases their diabetes is alleviated after surgery.

Want to Learn More?

If you are considering weight-loss surgery, FMC’s Bariatric Surgical Weight Loss Center requires you to attend one of our free information sessions prior to making an appointment with our surgical staff. The information session is held the second Tuesday of every month from 6 - 7 p.m. These sessions include a presentation by our surgical staff on the causes of and complications related to morbid obesity, as well as the types of surgeries available. To register to attend a free information session, call 928 214-3737. To learn more about the program, visit

Celeste Hebets, P.T., is a physical therapist and coordinator of FMC’s Bariatric Surgical Weight Loss Center.