Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Surgery to Fight Off Obesity-Related Diabetes

Surgery to Fight Off Obesity-Related Diabetes

Researchers have recently identified genetic variants that could determine an individual's predisposition to developing type 2 diabetes. This very serious disease is being seen in higher proportions of the population, most significantly in children.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 27, 2007

Researchers have recently identified genetic variants that could determine an individual's predisposition to developing type 2 diabetes. This very serious disease is being seen in higher proportions of the population, most significantly in children.

Type 2 diabetes - often caused by excess weight and inactivity - is a condition in which insulin is not properly used to convert sugars and starches into energy for the body. According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 20 million people in the United States have diabetes, 6.2 million of whom have yet to be diagnosed. Management of type 2 diabetes includes reducing stress, limiting alcohol intake, smoking cessation and weight loss.

"Many of our patients struggle to lose weight for years before coming to us for gastric bypass surgery," said Laurence Tanaka, M. D., F. A.C. S., surgeon at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www. pbsmg. com (http://www. pbsmg. com)). "As a surgeon it's very rewarding to see the difference this procedure can make in the life of an individual."

Weight loss can be more difficult for some than others. For those people who are significantly overweight or obese, gastric bypass surgery may be a good option. This safe, and often permanent, weight loss procedure may set the stage for significant weight loss, but it's important to know that even surgical weight loss requires long-term lifestyle modification.

Surgeons at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group have performed more than 9,500 procedures on adult and adolescent patients at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Laparoscopic bariatric surgery, one of the surgical options available, offers a shorter recovery time with faster healing, less scarring and less pain. A healthy diet, support groups and a customized exercise plan help lead patients on the path to losing weight and staying healthy for life.

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. and Scripps Mercy Hospital are nationally designated by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery. Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, also known as Hillcrest Surgical Medical Group, Inc., has an 80-year tradition of surgical excellence and leadership in San Diego County. For more information, visit http://www. pbsmg. com (http://www. pbsmg. com).

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego's longest established and only Catholic hospital. With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California. For more information, visit www. scripps. org.

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