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NJ Gastric Bypass Surgery is a Promising Cure for Diabetes as reported by WNBC
Gastric Bypass Surgery in New Jersey may be a promising cure for patients who suffer from Diabetes. Presently, Bariatric Surgery is reserved only for patients who meet the National Institutes of Health criteria.
By: NJ Gastric Bypass Surgeon
"You always have to carry your equipment. You always have to remember your medications."
Tina is turning to surgery, a procedure her daughter hopes will dramatically change Tina's lifestyle.
On the day before her surgery, Tina anxiously says, "I can't wait until tomorrow. It's a whole new life."
"She will be able to live a healthier life and be able to do the things she wants to do." her daughter added.
Tina is having a Gastric Bypass Surgery. Her surgeon, Dr. Alexander Abkin, co-director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Saint Clare's Hospital in Dover, New Jersey.
"There is a very good chance we can cure Type 2 Diabetes. We believe it because the portion of the stomach and duodenum, where the insulin and other hormones responsible for Diabetes, is being bypassed." Dr. Abkin says when asked if curing diabetes is possible with Gastric Bypass Surgery alone. Watch the animation here: http://www.youtube.com/
Less than twenty four hours after surgery, blood sugar levels often drop in diabetic patients, before any weight loss.
"Hopefully it will be normal without any medication."
But in order to have Lap Band or Gastric Bypass Surgery in NJ, you have to have a high Body Mass Index, which is at least 35 or more. But what if you don't meet that qualification and still have diabetes?
"There are studies underway right now to prove and try to plead to the National Institutes of Health to change that classification."
On it's website, the American Diabetes Association posts a study that Gastric Bypass and Gastric Banding resulted in both weight loss and remission of Type 2 Diabetes in up to 80 percent of cases. But it does caution that more research needs to be done before it can be called a "cure".
And with surgery comes risks, risks Tina was willing to embrace.
"I think it is fantastic that they can do this, and if you want to say that it is a cure for diabetes, i think it is absolutely wonderful." Tina says.
After surgery, Tina's sugar level is near normal, and it is expected she will no longer need her Diabetes medication.
Visit http://www.NjBariatricSurgeons.com to learn more.
Read the story on WNBC website at :http://www.nbcnewyork.com/
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Drs. Abkin, Bertha, and Iannace of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons of Morris, lead a practice dedicated to minimally invasive weight loss surgery specializing in Realize Band, Lap Band, Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgery.