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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

How do people feel about this procedure? Please be honest for as I am considering having it done. Thank you for your thoughts. Regards.

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I have campaigned major weight loss on three occasions during my lifetime. Each time I lost over 100 lbs. I was unable to avoid relapsing into old indulgent habits of eating and drinking which quickly had me tipping the scales at an even higher number! The lesson I need to master is the adoption of a lifestyle that will attain and maintain the ideal weight without surgery or "Protein Sparing Fasts", or any other artificial intermediary other than genuine behavior modification. I'm trying to learn to eat to live rather than live to eat.

posted over 6 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I considered bariatric surgery. I decided against it for me because whether you lose weight on your own or have surgery you have to change the way you think about food, eat food, etc. I decided to do it on my own. As of today I am down 103 pounds in 15 months. Good luck! No matter what you chose, you can do it!

posted over 6 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I had severe diabetes, bad knees and hip and weighed 150kg on 27/10/15 I had Gastric Sleeve surgery today 3/6/16 I weigh 100kg have been able to reduce my insulin by 2/3 and go for a 3.5 kilometer walk every day. It is not an easy fix but it is the best thing I have done, you still have to watch what you eat but the surgery reduces how much you can eat. I would recommend the sleeve to any very overweight diabetic who has dieting problems.

posted about 6 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

A large part of successful weight loss is in your head - you need to permanently change your way of thinking about food alongside any method of losing weight, including surgery. The best way of doing this is with hypnotherapy. In my hypnotherapy practice I regularly help clients with weight loss. I have been Type 2 diabetic for 24 years and have improved my own eating with self hypnosis. Unlike some hypnotherapists I have not tried emulating bariatric surgery because I do not think it is necessary.

posted about 6 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Do not do it! If you look on Facebook, you will see men like Nico Kleynhans are now no longer insulin dependent and largely diabetes free. He has lost 65 kg of weight - all on an LCHF banting diet
I have lost 12 kg, but I am still using Insulin so it is difficult to lose weight. My Pancreas has been destroyed by Sulphonamide drugs so it is a slower process for me. I used to inject 150 units of insulin per day now I only inject 15 units
I do not take blood pressure medication or statins anymore and choilesterol levels are acceptable

posted about 6 years ago
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