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Diabetes and obesity

July 1, 2020

Diabetes has long been linked to obesity. Overweight and obese individuals increase their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which differs from type 1 (where the pancreas produces little, if any, insulin) results when the pancreas does produce enough insulin, but the cells in the body have become resistant to it. New studies have suggested that the insides of individual cells within the body can become stressed when an individual is overweight. Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) is located on the inside of cells, and overeating stresses the membranous network out. Essentially, the ER has too many nutrients to handle, and it becomes overwhelmed, so it sends out an alarm. This alarm tells the insulin receptors on the cell surface to become less sensitive, which leads to insulin resistance and high blood sugar. Fortunately, where type 1 diabetes is often a chronic and inherited condition, type 2 diabetes can be managed with diet and exercise. In some cases, it can even be reversed.  

There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but some individuals may be able to reverse it, or at the very least, manage it easier and regulate blood sugar levels through diet and exercise. You may not require medication any longer, either. Diet and exercise are also able to help curb the symptoms or health concerns that come with type 2 diabetes. Losing a significant amount of weight immediately following diagnosis has proved to be a successful way to help reverse the disease.  

Exercising alone may not be enough to reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes, which is why it should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and weight loss. The Lap-Band® Program is ideal for individuals who have tried various other methods of weight loss but have found no success or have been unable to maintain the weight loss. The Lap-Band is a tool that can be tightened or loosened as your body or your physical needs change over time, therefore helping you achieve your weight-loss goals and maintain weight loss for a lifetime. It can help you stick to a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen. Following these healthy patterns has been shown to improve certain health conditions, like type 2 diabetes. 

Source: Dixon, et al. “Adjustable Gastric Banding and Conventional Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes.” JAMA. 2008.

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Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems are approved for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 30 with health conditions related to obesity, who have not seen success with other weight loss methods, like supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Choosing this surgery means committing to changes in eating habits for the long term.

The Lap-Band procedure is not approved for individuals under 18 yo, those with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or lead to poor results, such as inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, problems with the stomach and digestion, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, scarring of the liver, individuals unable or unwilling to follow the necessary dietary restrictions, individuals with alcohol or drug addictions, or those currently pregnant. Individuals who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems, a long-term tool, may need to be adjusted if you get pregnant, sick, or malnourished. Be careful with anti-inflammatory drugs as they could make the band wear away. Like any surgery, placement of the Lap-Band may have complications such as risks from drugs and methods used, general surgery risks, how well your body handles a foreign object, or in rare cases, risk of death.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with metabolic and bariatric surgery that you and your doctor should discuss. Potential risks associated with the Lap-Band include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach blockage, constipation, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, abnormal stools, abdominal pain, weakness, incision pain, infection, fever, hernia, chest pain, band movement, stomach pouch expansion, unusual healing, pain at the port site, port movement, and/or hair loss. Additional surgery might be needed. Losing weight quickly could lead to complications requiring more surgery. 

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