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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.
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)
Nicole Purcell lists having type 1 diabetes last when she's asked to provide information about herself - because that's where it belongs. (Read More)