Expensive, experimental, life saving
I have developed two classifications for those with type 2 diabetes, the pudgy diabetics and the skinny diabetics.
I was a pudgy diabetic I was lucky. My copious amount of fat cells blocked absorption of glucose.
The cure was simple for me, diet and exercise. Lose the fat, lost the problem.
The skinny diabetics are not usually so fortunate.
Their type 2 diabetes are triggered by environmental and genetic factors. Treating the skinny type 2 diabetes can be tricky, frustrating and often impossible. Too many time times, the drug therapies, the diet and the exercise don’t work.
Patients with uncontrolled diabetes are more likely suffer from heart disease, stroke, dementia, retinal damage, neuropathy, kidney damage and liver damage. Fun stuff, eh?
That may be changing. Experimental gastric surgery is yielding impressive results, even cures.
The surgery is being performed here in Houston and is for now considered experimental. The procedure itself is “minimally invasive.” Painful, but minimal.
The patient here is what I would classify as a skinny diabetic.
Bariatric surgeons have long written about bariatric surgery curing their patients who were also type 2 diabetics. Their findings were equally long in being unread by endocrinologists who normally treat diabetics.
Talk about data silos.
From this report I guess that changed.
Known triggers for skinny type 2 diabetics include smoking (a cause of chronic inflammation), genetics, age, lack of activity, psoriasis, sleep apnea, asthma, low testosterone, lack of sleep, stress and eating too fast.
People with uncontrolled diabetes are more likely suffer from heart disease, stroke, dementia, retinal damage, neuropathy, kidney damage and liver damage.
As of yet, this is still considered experimental surgery and not covered by medical insurance. Even so for some fighting a losing battle with type 2 diabetes, the cost of the surgery pales compared to the long term problem caused by uncontrolled diabetes, the medication and the promise of a very early death.
With successes like this, I imagine the surgery will soon be covered.