The 1st World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes was held in New York on September 15-16th of this year. Over 1,000 medical professionals from 46 countries attended. Summarized below are some interesting points from the meeting in regards to weight loss surgery.
o 25% of hospital inpatients have Diabetes
o Diabetes is the number one cause of death in Mexico
o 246 million people have diabetes(24 million Americans)
o The United States will spend over 6.6 trillion dollars over the next 30 years on complications related to diabetes.
o Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes reduced mortality (death) by up to 89%.
o Bariatric Surgery for patients with a BMI under 35 was superior to dieting.
For the last 10 years, we have been safely performing all 4 weight loss surgery procedures on our patients and have realized diabetic cure rates over 90%. The bypass procedures tend to cure diabetes slightly better than the banding procedures (LapBand and Realize Band). The discussions from conferences like Diabetes Congress truly confirm what we often tell our patients: If you are diabetic, you should seriously consider having bariatric laparoscopic surgery over a lifetime of diabetic medications and progressive disease. One only needs to attend one of our support groups or go online to find a grateful, formerly diabetic patient. Even the few patients who still have diabetes have managed to reduce their medications and control their blood sugars much better.