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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.
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)
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)