A 40-year-old member asked:
is gastric bypass a healthy option for a type 1 diabetic, overweight teenager?
2 doctor answers
Dr. David Wyatt answered
25 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: The risks and benefits of the different options for gastric surgery should be thoroughly explored with pediatrician/family physician, - the surgery does not change the child's relationship with food - and the benefits can be great for diabetes - but close attention to blood sugars and nutrition are the utmost importance.
Answered on Nov 17, 2011
Dr. Rodrigo Argenal answered
21 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Bariatric surgery is effective in weight reduction. The person must understand it is just like pressing a "reset button" in which weight loss will be accomplished, but it must otherwise be followed by voluntary lifestyle changes for it to be permanent (ie. Good eating habits and exercise). If not, weight will come back. Insulin resistance will decrease, lowering required Insulin doses.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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