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February 6, 2016
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Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes

There are two very important people in my life who are considering weight loss surgery. I won't lie: I've thought about it, too.


I'm not really that excited, though, about the type of lifestyle you have to lead after bariatric surgery. Seems to me there's a lot of liquid involved and the recovery is long and slow. How would that affect my family? My family life? What about my job?


I've thought about a lap band, too. That seemed to be much less invasive and more my style. From what I understand, a lap band makes your stomach smaller and doesn't change the way your food is digested.


I realize weight loss surgery is a huge step for anyone, but for someone with diabetes I think there's a lot more to consider. I also realize it's not a magic pill and won't make me lose the desire to eat.


I know that's where my problem lies. I need to *want* to stop eating. I need to stop eating when I'm not hungry or when I'm bored or tired or just because I feel like it. That's the magic pill I need.


Interestingly, the last time I went to see my endo the nurse gave me a weight loss packet to use while I was filling out some paperwork. I knew it was a ploy to look at their supplements, but I looked through it anyway to see what kind of crap they were pushing. I saw my magic pill: something that addresses all of my psychological eating issues. I didn't ask about it, though.


So I'm watching and listening intently to what these two people in my life learn during this information-gathering stage. And I know this is opening an enormous can of worms, but I'm interested in hearing what you all think of weight loss surgery for someone with diabetes.

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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
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