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Lap-Band Surgery for Type 1 Diabetics

written by: Lashan Clarke • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 6/1/2011

Lap-Band surgery has grown in popularity since it was introduced, but anyone with type 1 diabetes might wonder if the surgery could help them. As long as the appropriate safety measures are in place, Lap-Band surgery can benefit type 1 diabetes patients.

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    Lap-Band Surgery

    Lap-Band surgery is a form of medical surgery that is used to aid in weight loss. Using this method, a band is placed around the opening of the stomach. This causes the person to feel full faster. As a result, someone who previously ate a lot will have to reduce the amount of food she consumes. This can lead to the body reducing its weight as less calories are consumed.

    This type of surgery does not always require the full abdomen to be cut, and it can be performed using laproscopic surgery. This procedure only requires a thin cut through the belly button to attach the gastric band.

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    Type 1 Diabetes

    Type 1 diabetes is a endocrine disorder in which the body is unable to produce insulin to lower the blood sugar. As a result, the blood sugar level can become quite high. The insulin is normally produced by the organ called the pancreas that is also involved in fat and lipid production. Type 1 diabetes is a form of diabetes that is also known as juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes. However, it can be diagnosed at any age.

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    Lap-Band for Diabetics

    For some people, one of the greatest ways to improve diabetic symptoms is to lose weight. Someone with obesity and diabetes places himself at risk for a heart attack or other heart diseases. Therefore, very obese people who have at least 60 lb. to lose may benefit from this surgery.

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    Risks and Complications

    Any type of surgery on a diabetic has its risks and complications. When someone who has type 1 diabetes is scheduled for surgery, a reputable physician will state the risks and complications involved in such a surgery. This is because a diabetic is more prone to infections after receiving a cut, either as an accident or after a procedure. Not only will a wound on a diabetic increase the risk of infection, but diabetes can also increase the amount of time it takes wounds to heal.

    Another risk or complication that the combination of Lap-Band surgery and type 1 insulin dependent diabetes can cause is the rate of recovery. Only your doctor will be able to tell you if Lap-Band surgery is right for you. In terms of most surgeries, it is not a complicated procedure as others. However, the amount of risks and complications increases if the person is a diabetic.

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    Even though this type of surgery is good for those who are overweight, it should not be used as a substitute for an obese person learning how to exercise and eat healthy. Without learning the proper components of nutrition, a type 1 diabetic can still be at risk of heart disease or a stroke, even after Lap-Band surgery is completed.

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