At the American Surgical Association meeting in Indianapolis in 2013, doctors from the Cleveland Clinic, renowned for its clinical research, presented ongoing evidence of sustained weight loss and long term improvement of type 2 diabetes six years after gastric bypass surgery.

“Immediately after gastric bypass, there is a drastic improvement in morbidly obese patients who were previously diagnosed with type 2 diabetes due to how the body changes the way it processes glucose after surgery. However, in order to continue to have diabetes in remission, patients must follow a long-term care plan after surgery under a doctor’s supervision,” said Dr. Jooyeun Chung, a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon and director of the Capital Health Metabolic & Weight Loss Center at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell.

The Cleveland Clinic’s study showed that after six years, 24 percent of the patients kept their diabetes in remission and that the overall patient population studied reduced their average body mass index, fasting blood glucose levels, and LDL cholesterol levels while raising HDL cholesterol levels. The study also showed positive long-term results for controlling pre-existing heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure.

Who Qualifies for Bariatric Surgery? You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you are an adult with:

• A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more

• A BMI between 35 and 39.9 and a serious obesity-related health problem such as diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2), hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, and asthma.

Patients are referred through their primary care physician or endocrinologist and must pass a series of clearance screenings before being considered for surgery.

Dr. Chung and her expert team at the Capital Health Metabolic and Weight Loss Center are committed to helping patients sustain weight loss for the rest of their lives. If you’re considering weight loss surgery, Capital Health hosts information sessions free of charge at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell and other locations. Sign up today by calling 609-537-6777 or visit capitalhealth.org/events.

For more information about the Capital Health Metabolic and Weight Loss Center, visit capitalhealth.org/weightloss.

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