The Lap Band – A Type 2 Diabetes Cure?

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For many of those who are overweight, Type 2 Diabetes is a looming problem. The Lap Band, a form of minimally invasive bariatric surgery, can help those who have had trouble losing large amounts of excess weight. In maintaining that loss, the effects of Type 2 Diabetes have been shown to be greatly reduced.

The Lap Band is an adjustable gastric banding system that is placed around the top of the stomach and injected with saline through a port that is positioned just beneath the skin. When filled, the band shrinks the stomach and reduces hunger. Because of this, a patient can only eat a small amount of food at a time and thus losing weight slowly over time. According to the Lap-Band AP System website, using this device is more successful and 10 times safer than traditional bariatric surgeries that isolate or completely remove parts of the digestive system.

As the Lap Band procedure has become more popular, patients and professionals have been seeing first hand that its benefits span beyond the cosmetic. Some studies have shown that a person is 3-4 times more likely to develop diabetes when they are obese, as opposed to when they maintain a healthy weight. [1] Weight-loss associated with the lap-band has been shown to reduce the need for diabetic medication, or in some cases put the disease in complete remission. This finding has prompted insurance companies to weigh the costs of the Lap Band versus the cost to maintain a diabetic patient over time. Lowering the minimum requirements for a <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/4435243’);” href=” “>lap band qualification test</a>, such as the Body Mass Index (BMI) test, is a likelihood, allowing thousands more to qualify for the procedure. [2]

The problem that some people face is the lack of bariatric coverage in their insurance plans because, while the surgery does help combat obesity, it is still widely considered cosmetic. Financially speaking, the long-term cost of diabetes greatly outweighs the one-time cost of the procedure (which can start from around $12,000.) <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/4435243’);” href=” “>Lap band financing options</a> have become available through rapidly growing medical lending companies. The cost of the lap band can save the consumer thousands of dollars over the course of time he or she would be wrought with Type 2 Diabetes.