Diabetes and Weight Loss Surgery

Diabetes is a major health concern. Being diagnosed with diabetes can be very frightening and overwhelming. The reality of having to completely change your diet, be accountable for everything that you put in your mouth, take medications and insulin without fail is very important to the management and control of diabetes. Weight loss surgery is an effective tool against the devastating disease of diabetes.

Diabetes and Health

Diabetes has TRIPLED since 2010 and according to the CDC, 1 in about 10 Americans have diabetes. That’s an alarming rate, especially for the 7th leading cause of death in America [2017 CDC Report]. Heart disease is #1. Developing either of these health conditions greatly increases by being overweight.

An estimated 50% of all Americans will be obese by 2025, according to some studies. Not all types of diabetes are preventable (Type 1) but spikes in blood sugar can be managed somewhat by diet. However, developing healthy lifestyle choices, becoming more active and losing excess weight can help treat and even prevent other types of diabetes (pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes), as well as heart disease.

If you are overweight, whether 20 pounds or 200 pounds, the Mayo Clinic states that losing even 7% of your body weight can help reduce your risk of diabetes. For a 200 pound person, that is “only” 14 pounds.  But, like most of us, trying to lose even that 14 pounds on our own is a big struggle. We get frustrated with the slow progress, lose motivation and end up gaining weight instead. 

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery on Diabetes

Weight loss surgery is an excellent option if you’ve exhausted your efforts to lose weight on your own. However, it is recommended that you still eat healthy and exercise. With decreased appetite and help from your weight loss surgery, you can achieve long-term weight loss. That can help you control and/or place your diabetes into permanent remission.

The amount of weight you lose depends on a few factors, like which type of surgery you choose, your own individual efforts for lifestyle change and exercise, and some pre-existing conditions. It may be possible to lose 80% (or more) of your excess weight within 1-2 years.

Many of our patients have told us that their diabetes is in remission after having surgery. They no longer need any medication or insulin, sometimes even within just a few weeks of surgery.  Some also tell us that their sleep apnea is better and they no longer need their C-PAP machine at night.

There are many health benefits when you lose weight. Who wants to live the rest of their life in pain? Unable to stand or walk or play with their kids? Battle diabetes, heart disease and other medical issues along with the side effects of what comes with those diseases? Sounds miserable to me!

Is Weight Loss Surgery the Correct Answer for Your Diabetes?

If you feel that weight loss surgery might be a good option for you be sure to contact us and we can provide you with the information to make the best decision. You can re-establish the quality of your life. You can increase your energy, have a better self-esteem, a more positive outlook, and less health concerns. At least once a year be sure your doctor checks your A1C levels for diabetes.

Early diagnosis can save your life! You can achieve permanent remission for certain types of diabetes after having weight loss surgery. Don’t fall victim to the notion that there is nothing you can do…YOU are your own cure and you are worth the effort it takes to live a healthier, diabetes-free life.

For more information about how weight loss surgery can improve your health, please contact BeLiteWeight at (800) 215-6497 or visit our website at: www.beliteweight.com.

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Couldn’t Be Happier: Michael’s Sleeve

BeLiteWeight would like to share an update from one of our patients that had the Gastric Sleeve with Dr. Rodriguez early this past year. He is showing incredible progress shown by the reduction in his blood pressure medication. Way to go Michael!

I am down almost 80lbs, I’m running, BP is down (not as far as I’d like but down) and I’m off 2 BP pills. Couldn’t be happier at this point.

For more information on Gastric Weight Loss Surgery and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

The Perfect Place: Gloria’s Sleeve Experience in Mexico

The BeLiteWeight team recently heard back from Gloria who is a patient that had the Gastric Sleeve surgery with Dr. Rodriguez in the first week of the year. She is already down nearly 70 pounds and judging from her letter seems to be very excited about her progress. As she should be! Read on for yourself:

“Down 66 lbs so far, since my surgery on January 7 of this year. Never thought I could be down to this weight again, and am still losing it. Today is June 2, 2019. I decided to do the gastric sleeve after learning about other peoples\’ experiences. Because no matter what I did, I just could not lose weight on my own, and the pounds were piling up onto eachother, year by year. I did a lot of research. After all, this is a life changing decision, and you put your life in the hands of whom you hope they know what they are doing. I finally found the perfect place! If you aren’t sure, please consider BeLiteWeight. Their customer service from beginning to end is spot on. The hospital in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, is just like any American hospital, with the highest standards of cleanliness and comfort. You almost feel like you are at a resort!!! The medical staff, from the person with whom you register upon arrival, to the nurses and doctors, are kind, responsive, and warm professionals. The follow up is awesome. And if you are still unsure, may my \”before\” and \”after\” photos be a testimony of what you can achieve. And I do have to admit that I don\’t exercise, other than walk about a mile, 2 or 3 times a week, just to feel that I have made at least this tiny change in my life.My only regret is not doing this sooner. But it all boils down to \”Better health, feeling great, looking amazing and being happy\”. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I am always happy to share my experience.. Thank you to all the doctors, personnel, JoAnne , and all involved in my journey to an improved, great life!!!”

Our team over at BeLiteWeight is so happy for you Gloria! Keep up the hard work and enjoy the new outfits!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today!

How to Live Again: Karina’s 3 Year Update

One of our most inspirational patients sent us this heart warming email that the team at BeLiteWeight is honored to share with you! Below are pictures of her throughout her journey. You are amazing Karina!!

My heart is full of gratitude as I sit down to write this email . Next week will mark 3 years since I’ve had surgery with Dr.Rodriguez. What a roller coaster this ride has been. From learning to portion control, learning new habits, learning to love the gym , it has honestly been learning how to live again. >>>> We all these changes came self love I never knew I had . Confidence to follow my dreams and the well power to keep going. I have been able to maintain an average of 105lbs lost and have gained about 15 safely . I have had a breast reduction with a lift and I am currently recovering from a tummy Tuck with lipo of the back and flanks. I feel great . Life is great. The work is never done that’s for sure . We will forever gain and loose and fluctuate. What’s important is the healthy habits I have been able to maintain and the structure I have set for myself . I will once again tell you I’ll never forget that lunch time phone call outside my local Starbucks where you told me your story and within a month I had my surgery booked . I was ready .

2 Months!

4 Months!

10 Months!

1 Year!

18 Months!

Doesn’t she look incredible? Karina, you are such an inspiration to people who want to make a major change in their life!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Metabolic Surgery For Diabetes: Jeff’s Signs of Success

Metabolic-Surgical-Options-for-Diabetes November is Diabetes Awareness Month! With all the advances in medical technology, it is hard to believe there is no established cure for Type 2 Diabetes. In fact, diabetes is on the rise worldwide. Studies suggest that by 2034 the number of diabetics will rise from 23 million to upwards of 44 million people!*

Diabetes is a very serious medical condition with a large complication rate. When a person has this disease, their body does not produce or utilize their bodies' insulin, causing glucose and blood sugar levels in the blood to spike. The costs of typical medical aids are up to $33,000 a year, and they are generally not effective or curative.* Tragically, even with proper medical services, patients often face horrible side effects including dialysis, loss of limb functionality, heart attacks, and often death. Fortunately new evidence is suggesting there is a nonconventional way to restore the bodies insulin processes: Bariatric Surgery (Metabolic Surgery for Diabetes).

Bariatric surgery refers to a set of abdominal sugeries which are extremely effective at helping people suffering from obesity lose significant amounts of weight. Further research is showing that bariatric/metabolic surgeries has an effect on insulin production and utilization, making it curative and able to reverse Type 2 Diabetes back in to remission.** Just one example comes from a study in the Annals of Surgery which concluded 83 percent of 240 diabetic patients were completely cured of their disease after having the gastric bypass surgery!*

For less than the cost of one year of standard medical aid, bariatric surgery could be curing diabetics completely of their disease.** Here is the story of Jeff, a diabetic who is also a nurse and well informed regarding the dangers of his illness. One month after his bariatric surgery, he has rapidly stabilizing blood sugar levels and is down from two hundred units of insulin to less than twenty. Bariatric surgeries' effects on the disease are extremely rapid. Here is his entire story in his own words:

As a nurse for twenty years, I know too well the tragedy of runaway diabetes and obesity. I had both. No matter what I did: diet, exercise, diet supplements, and just plain fear, all of my good intentions eventually imploded and I was once again packing on the pounds and watching my diabetes and weight soar out of reach. Eventually, I just wrote my will and resigned myself to my fate.
I had been aware that bariatric surgery could radically improve one's chances of limiting, or even putting diabetes into remission, but for all my knowledge and experience I was baffled where to begin. A phone call to BeLiteWeight and Nicky and Jamie smoothly clarified my options and helped me to understand which bariatric option would be best for me.
Then there was the scenario of having the surgery in Mexico. This was a better option for me, as I live next door to Juarez, but another weight loss agency described their surgeon's services as being done in a strip mall, with the recovery period taking place in a hotel room. Not good.
Again, BeLiteWeight gave me information about Star Medica, one of the finest hospitals in Juarez. I know a lot of people who are intimately connected with Juarez, and without exception, every single one highly recommended Star Medica. If there was any trouble, I would have found it. I was also somewhat relieved that Star Medica is the official hospital of choice by the U. S. Consulate in Juarez.
I had less than perfect credit because of the stock market debacle five years ago, and wondered how in the world I could afford to get this life saving surgery. My insurance considered it a "cosmetic procedure." Cosmetic my foot, literally. My diabetes was making its presence known.
Again, Nicky and Jamie efficiently steered me into a loan company who provided terms I could easily afford. The complications of getting into Mexico, and out? Jamie and Nicky made that super easy, as well.
Transportation: the shuttle was there right on time and whisked my wife and I smoothly to Star Medica's front door.
The hospital: I have worked in many hospitals throughout the United States. Star Medica was spotless and comfortable, the staff friendly and professional. I was processed in with remarkable speed and efficiency. The room was more like a pleasant suite, again spotless, comfortable and roomy.  I would gladly prefer to have any surgical procedure done at Star Medica over many of the hospitals I have worked in the United States.
The procedure: Again, it can be summed up as efficient in every way. They told me what they would do and when they would do it, and it went exactly on time very smoothly. Dr. Rodriguez came and met with us, and cordially answered all my questions in English.
The pain: there wasn't any. At worst I felt a little sore once it was done. The staff kept me well supplied with good pain and nausea medication, and I was up walking about the facility, doing my laps, within an hour of the procedure. Going to a dentist is much more difficult. I was back to work at the end of the week.
The surgical wounds: there was never a trace of infection. There was no bleeding. Dr. Rodriguez made the smallest of incisions and sealed them with Durabond and already, a month later, the small scars are beginning to fade.
Psychologically: Life after stomach. I was out the next morning following one day in the hospital. It is an adjustment to going from eating like a horse, as I did, to being only able to tolerate food in very small amounts. My brain says "EAT," and my stomach says, "NO THANKS." Each day gets a little easier. In the first week, I did have signifigant hunger pangs, but they are lessening daily. Every day gets easier to get my brain around eating just a little amount, and my tiny stomach feels more and more comfortable.
The weight loss: BeLiteWeight provided me with a comprehensive pre and post surgical eating plan. Lots of vitamin supplements. The pounds are melting off me like snow in July, and I don't have to fight it. I went from 265 pounds the day of surgery to 234 pounds in a month. My feet don't hurt so much. I can sleep on my side again, which I couldn't do because my obesity hurt my hips. My knees don't hurt so much. I can tie my shoes and getting in and out of a car isn't like trying to climb Mt. Everest any more. I have more energy.

My blood sugars are rapidly returning to normal. It is soon yet, but I have gone from using two hundred, or more, units of insulin every day, to using less than twenty, and some days not at all. It is too soon to predict the final outcome, but it strongly appears that my diabetes is going into remission.
Paying for it: No lie, I save so much on groceries and eating out that it is no trouble making payments. I still get to enjoy food, just in very small amounts.
The hope: Best of all I have hope for the future. I no longer wonder when my diabetes is going to ruin my life and my ability to support my family. I have hope for a long and healthy life to provide for my family. Bariatric surgery was the best decision I ever made, and BeLiteWeight helped me every step of the way.
I cannot thank you enough for getting me over the hump.
Jeff M
El Paso, Texas

For more information on bariatric surgeries such as the Gastric Sleeve or Bypass and how they might reverse your diabetes, contact BeLiteWeight today!

*Statisics from https://asmbs.org/patients/benefits-of-bariatric-surgery

** Individual Results May Vary