Gastric Bypass Surgery to Cure Diabetes May Soon Be Available for Non-Obese Diabetics
Gastric bypass surgery is a relatively new and encouraging option to help treat – if not outright cure – Type 2 diabetes. The surgery reroutes the patient’s digestive system and can result in continued weight loss, normal blood pressure, and the elimination of diabetes, which after all, can be brought on by obesity.
Up until recently, the procedure was only permitted on morbidly obese individuals with body-mass indices (BMI) over 35, which is the level established by the American Diabetes Association for which the surgery “may be considered.” In addition, Medicare and many private insurance providers cover the surgery above that BMI threshold.
Naturally, this threshold left many diabetics with a BMI of less than 35 without the gastric bypass option for managing diabetes – until now. In certain instances, doctors have been given permission to perform the surgery on individuals with a BMI lower than 35 – and the results are equally promising.