Recent Bariatric Study Reveals Good News for Diabetic Patients of All BMI Levels, Notes Dr. Michael Feiz

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Commenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles bariatric surgeon explains that this is just the latest in a long line of studies proving the positive effects of weight loss surgery pertaining to type 2 diabetes.

Even those with lower BMIs can experience improved diabetes symptoms with bariatric surgery.

Especially when patients have dangerous comorbidities that are affecting their health day in and day out, it may be unwise to wait too long before pursuing a solution.

The same bariatric procedures performed by Michael Feiz M.D., F.A.C.S. at Dr. Feiz and Associates have long been known to help patients with type 2 diabetes send their disease into remission. Now, information presented at the 2015 World Diabetes Congress, and reported on in a December 3rd article on, shows that patients do not necessarily have to have the highest of BMIs to benefit from these effects. The article explains that, after analyzing the results of three separate bariatric surgery studies, researchers found that “patients with BMIs as low as 30 kg/m2 achieved similar benefit to those with BMIs between 30 and 35 kg/m2.” The data also showed that having surgery earlier into a type 2 diabetes diagnosis seems to be more effective than electing the procedure after suffering from type 2 diabetes after a longer period of time. According to Dr. Feiz, this information is extremely important for diabetic patients who may be considering bariatric surgery, and wondering whether to proceed with a procedure or wait for a later date.

Dr. Feiz explains that, especially when patients have dangerous comorbidities that are affecting their health day in and day out, it may be unwise to wait too long before pursuing a solution. He says that it is important that everyone who selects bariatric surgery takes time to weigh the pros and cons of the procedure before moving forward. Yet, he says that they must also weigh the cons of inaction, and seriously consider the implications of continuing along a path of obesity, which has been shown to be the second leading preventable cause of death behind smoking.

Dr. Feiz also explains that this data backs up the criteria for selecting who is eligible for bariatric surgery. While it is not unprecedented for exceptions to be made, Dr. Feiz explains that the majority of bariatric patients either have a BMI over 40, or a BMI of 35 and above along with multiple comorbidities, such as diabetes. Yet, he says that the fact that the study data showed positive effects in patients with BMI’s as low as 30 brings up an interesting topic of conversation surrounding who should be eligible for these procedures. Dr. Feiz explains that the primary reason why these minimum BMI levels are imposed is to discourage those who are only somewhat overweight from choosing bariatric surgery instead of attempting to lose weight with diet and exercise.

While results as positive as diabetes remission are by no means a guarantee for all patients, Dr. Feiz explains that his patients have by and large had remarkable results with bariatric procedures. For more information, prospective patients can call Dr. Feiz and Associates at 800-868-5946 or visit them online at

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