Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and their prevalence

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, in which the body cells fail to respond to insulin properly. This results in abnormally high blood sugar levels. People with type 2 diabetes usually have prediabetes first. Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

Among Canadians, 11.5 million people, or 29% of the population, are estimated to have diabetes or prediabetes. While more than 37.3 million American adults in the US have diabetes, and 96 million have prediabetes.

If left untreated, uncontrolled diabetes may result in macro and microvascular damages and complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, and eye problems.

Bariatric surgery in the management of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes

Weight management is fundamental for the treatment of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Excessive body fat impacts insulin sensitivity, which is the body’s ability to respond to insulin and regulate blood sugar levels. A modest amount of weight loss, even 5%, may significantly improve insulin sensitivity and help bring blood sugar levels to normal.

Bariatric surgery is typically a recommended weight loss option for certain individuals. It effectively treats obesity and its metabolic complications, including prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Bariatric surgery improves pancreatic function, insulin sensitivity, and changes in the adipose tissue and gut hormones that regulate appetite and food intake. Clinical trials reveal that bariatric surgery induces remission of diabetes in 33-90% of individuals at 1-year post-treatment and is an effective treatment for diabetes and its complications.

Contact Clinique Michel Gagner to discuss bariatric surgery options

At Clinique Michel Gagner, we offer different bariatric procedures to help our patients achieve major weight loss. We thus help our patients reduce their risk of weight-related health problems and complications like type 2 diabetes.

Contact Clinique Michel Gagner, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment options.