diabetes II question

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By Zinnia - 8/8/2011 11:44:16 AM
I have had Diabetes II about 10 years.  I was looking forward to having this condition resolve after my bypass surgery.  My surgery was on Aug 4th of this year so I'm only a few days out.  Can anyone who has diabetes II and has had the bypass tell me if they're DM resolved and if so how long did it take?  I am off my meds completely but my sugars are still around 130 to 155.  thanks for any feedback
By MegsBlueEyes - 8/8/2011 12:15:56 PM
I did not have Diabetes pre-surgery so I cannot answer your question; but being an "old-timer" on the forums & being 4+ years post-op; I can tell you that I know a lot of people personally, who were off of their meds within weeks/few short months of having surgery & that their sugars resumed to more "normal" ranges within a few months - def. under a year out.  If you follow the rules; the weight loss will come off quickly - I'm sure your Type II will resolve itself shortly.  I now have some "troubles" with low blood sugar. 

Good luck w/ everything!!!!!
By Nadia - 8/8/2011 4:50:14 PM
Hi Zinnia!  Good question. 

I had type 2 diabetes/insulin resistance and was on Glucophage (Metformin) for years.  Within a week of my surgery, I was off the diabetes medicine because I lost the weight very quickly after my RNY surgery with Dr. Holland.  It took me about 5 months to be weaned off my blood pressure medication.  I am completely medication free! 
By tinalouise - 8/9/2011 2:01:53 PM
Hi, Zinnia!
I, too, was on metformin for years...until I had my RNY surgery! I haven't been on it since 9/27/10!!! BigGrin  I honestly don't test anymore Whistling, but haven't been alerted to any problems since we have regular blood work done.
Hope you're recovering quite well and are enjoying your "new" life"!
By Zinnia - 8/25/2011 12:16:06 PM
thanks for all your replies.  I have been on 3 different Diabetes pills and also Lantus over the past 10 years.  I was taken off all my meds right after surgery.  It has been 3 weeks today that I had my Gastric bypass.  My sugar numbers are running high, between 180 to 220s before meals and higher than that 2 hrs after meals.  I actually had a reading of 310.  My family dr. told me to go back on my Lantus and take 6 units.  I had been taking 25 units before my surgery.  The 6 units isn't do very much so I increased it back to 25.  My weight loss has also stopped and I have actually gained almost 2 lbs over the past 5 days!  I don't know what I'm doing wrong.  I think I'm having Soft Food Syndrome.  I know I'm not over doing the calories but I'm just getting frustrated that my sugar level is high and my weight loss just isn't happening.
By Nadia - 8/25/2011 1:15:45 PM
Zinnia, At 3 weeks post op, what are you eating?  

1.  Are you consuming 1/4 cup of protein at each meal??? 

2.  Are you taking all of your supplements/vitamins???

3.  Are you following the 30-60 rule?

4.  Are you drinking 8-10 glasses of water?

5.  Are you exercising 30 minutes or more per day?

Do you have an insulin resistance issue?  Insulin resistance causes weight gain. 

Who is your surgeon?  Check with him about what to do, as well as, your family doctor.  They should work in conjunction with one another to address your diabetes spike problem.

Post surgery I did not have any more sugar problems from my type 2 diabetes.    Make sure that both doctors help you to resolve this issue.

Good luck in your treatment.  I wish only good health for you.
By MegsBlueEyes - 8/26/2011 3:59:48 AM
I wish I could offer more advice, but I never had to deal w/ that issue Sad  I hope it resovles for you soon though.  Depending on your surgeon; you may want to discuss w/ him as to what to do next.  I'm sure at only 3 weeks out, some of the above mentioned things may be hard for you to do (exercising 30 minutes per day, etc).

What I would suggest, is to make sure you are chosing only proteins at this point - stay very well hydrated, move as much as you can and make sure you are taking your vitamins, etc....

Hang in there, I am sure your body is just totally confused.  Everything will work out for you soon!! Smile
By Ocumwhowurst - 10/7/2011 12:43:23 AM
What are the long-term complications of diabetes and how can I avoid them???It would be nice if you provide some advise.

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By Nadia - 10/7/2011 5:05:33 PM
As a lay person (not medical person), I can tell you about some complications of diabetes:  blurry vision, blindness, toe amputations, kidney malfunctions, liver problems, hormone problems,  fatigue, depression, obesity, etc.

The gastric bypass surgery can help if you have insulin resistance (Type 2 diabetes).
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By Fr Michael - 5/2/2013 4:40:13 PM
I had Type II for about 20 years.  I was on insulin and Metformin and Actos, and Ameril (sic).  Dr. Holland was very realistic with me before surgery, and explained that, because I was insulin dependent for so long, there was a good chance the condition would not be resolved by the weight loss.

In point of fact, my diabetes is "almost" resolved, in that I am down to one 500mg tablet of Metformin a day, and that's all I take.  My sugars are in the low normal range (sometimes too low), anywhere between 95 and 110, with some episodes of low blood sugar at night requiring glucose if I don't eat something at night; but, my endocrinologist says I must stay on the Metformin for now.  I predict your sugars will continue to drop over time.  Whether it is completely resolved is hard to say; Dr. Holland told me that, if you've been diabetic for more than 10 years, it's unlikely it will be completely resolved, but it will certainly be better.  I'm certainly satisfied with my situation.  One little pill a day is quite an improvement over seven pills and three shots a day.
By Nadia - 5/3/2013 12:44:37 AM
Fr. Michael, That is a tremendous improvement in your diabetes type 2.  Congratulations on far you have come in your weight loss journey and your personal health!  I bet that you look and feel great.  Amazing!

Just a small note---I am completely cured of my type 2 diabetes/insulin resistance along with hypertension and hormone problems.  From 1990 until my RNY surgery on June 30, 2009, I was on Metformin 750 mg 2 times per day  (1500 mg.) for type 2 diabetes/insulin resistance.  After a few weeks post op, I was cured of it.  I do not remember my blood sugar numbers, but every year that I go for bloodwork, the sugar is fine.   At first, I was scared that it would come back, but it did not.  I am faithful about having the prescribed bloodwork completed each year, and my numbers are great.  I never imagined how good health was.  I am thankful that I am blessed with it everyday.  Thank God for Dr. Holland.

I believe in God and miracles and I am praying for one for you.  Perhaps someday you may be pill free.  But if you need them, continue to be faithful in taking them.
By Fr Michael - 5/29/2013 12:58:46 PM
Just an update.  I have been having episodes of severely low blood sugar at night, so I called my endocrinologist and read back my numbers to him.  He took me off the last of my medications, and my sugars have continued to be low, but at least not too low.  The proof in the pudding will be when I have blood work done for him again to see the actual A1C, and that won't be for another four months.
By Nadia - 5/31/2013 5:47:21 PM
Thanks for the update.  Praying for your wellness.