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Can weight loss surgery cure Type 2 diabetes?

For many diabetics, taking insulin is simply a condition of their disability, and one that they expect to continue over their lifetime. However, a new surgery may offer some Type 2 diabetics a way to stop using insulin. 

According to the results of a three-year study, stomach-reducing operations may actually be better at treating the combination of obesity and Type 2 diabetes than medications. In fact, one cardiologist claims that some patients have been able to stop taking insulin even a few days after surgery. At the three-year mark, over 90 percent of Type 2 diabetics that underwent the surgery were still off of insulin. 

The Mayo Clinic distinguishes a Type 2 diabetic as different than Type 1 in that his or her pancreas actually does produce insulin. The impairment affecting a Type 2 diabetic is insulin resistance: Either the individual does not produce enough insulin, or the individual's body does not use insulin with enough efficiency to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream and deliver it to cells. Elevated glucose levels, in turn, may pose a risk of many other health conditions that could leave an individual in a disabled state, such as heart disease, stroke, eye trouble, kidney failure, or other complications. 

An attorney that focuses on disability benefits knows that Type 2 diabetes may not immediately render someone unable to work. However, that doesn't mean that an individual should wait to consult with an attorney. Although impairments may start out as manageable, there are many variables that may lead to complications. An attorney who has experience in filing disability benefits applications, such as Social Security disability insurance, may have wise advice to offer in this regard.

Source: The Big Story, "Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics," Marilynn Marchione, March 31, 2014

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