November is American Diabetes Month and Dr. Darrien Gaston is celebrating by making it easier for you to lose weight and prevent Type 2 diabetes!
American Diabetes Month raises awareness of all types of diabetes, but you may be wondering why Type 2 diabetes seems to always be in the news.
Type 1 diabetes usually is diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. Having Type 1 diabetes means your body is physically unable to make insulin, which cannot be controlled, slowed or cured through diet, exercise or lifestyle changes.
Type 2 diabetes means your body is unable to react properly to insulin. Type 2 diabetes was formerly seen in patients over 40, but now due to the obesity crisis, is being diagnosed in all age groups, including children. While some genetic factors and certain medications can affect the development of Type 2 diabetes, the single greatest risk factor for Type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese. Almost 90% of those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Extra weight puts extra pressure on your body’s ability to use your own insulin to control your blood sugar levels, making you more likely to develop this serious illness.
The complications from Type 2 diabetes are severe. They include blindness, kidney disease, heart and lung disease, peripheral artery disease which can lead to limb amputation, and stroke. In the U.S., over 200,000 deaths each year are associated with diabetes.
Losing weight is the absolute best way to prevent Type 2 diabetes. If your doctor has cautioned you about your blood sugar levels, has expressed concern about pre-diabetes, or talked to you about your weight, shedding extra pounds is vital to avoiding Type 2 diabetes. In many cases, if you have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, losing weight can mean lowering your medication dosage, or that medication is no longer needed.
YES - with the right health factors, people who lose enough weight and change lifestyle habits are able to stop Type 2 diabetes medication completely.
Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants and Dr. Darrien Gaston are committed to helping you avoid Type 2 diabetes with Orbera®. The Orbera non-surgical weight loss procedure is stitch-free and staple-free. It’s virtually painless and you’re home the same day, ready to start your new, healthier life. The average Orbera user will lose three times the weight as with diet and exercise alone.
In November, when you make an appointment for a FREE Orbera® consultation. Dr. Gaston will discount this safe, effective, FDA-approved weight loss procedure by $500! Just mention “Diabetes Month” when you schedule your appointment!
Call Dr. Gaston and Metro GI today or make an appointment for your FREE Orbera consultation.
Actually lose weight during the holidays and get a huge head start on January’s “lose weight” resolution - to truly reach your health and wellness goals in 2017.