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  1. #136
    Gastric Sleeve Member DesertGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lori
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    03/24/2017
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    Dr. Teng
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by jenny53669 View Post
    I have type 2 diabetes for the last 3-1/2 yrs as well as high cholesterol. My PCP has me on Lipitor which has help reduce the cholesterol some, but in turn elevated my liver enzymes. I'm sure I most likely have fatty liver as well. My VSG is scheduled for Jan 13 and I'm hoping that sticking to the clear liquids and then small portions will help alleviate the symptoms of the diabetes, and lessen the medication. One thing I wonder (because I'm doing self-pay and going to MX for the surgery) did others in this same type of situation tell their regular PCP doc and what was the response? I'm worried the doc will chastise me etc., or I guess in extreme measures say she won't see me any longer? I guess if so I'd just find another doc. I also have a lot of anxiety/OCD/depression issues and so of course I worry more than needed about everything! I'm just afraid to tell the doc and get a negative response.
    My PCP was ready to DRIVE me to the gastric doc herself!!

    Height: 5'8"
    Highest Weight: 270 BMI 40.3
    Day of Surgery Weight: 223 / Pre-Op nutrition diet: LOST 47 pounds
    1 Month Weight: 202 (-21 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 64 pounds
    2 Month: Weight: 188 (-14 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 78 pounds
    6 Month Weight: 169 (-2) BMI: 25.7 TOTAL LOST: 97 pounds
    "If you can't laugh at yourself, life's going to seem a whole lot longer."

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  4. #137
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    02/22/2017
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    Dr. William Richardson
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    Morning, I had the sleeve done 2/22. I was on 2 insulins, long term and humalog before I eat! I was also on 7 blood pressure medications. While in the hospital, my blood pressure was 80/50 and so they took me off of all my blood pressure medications. About two weeks ago it rose a little so I was put on one 50 mg of losartan. And doing fine. As far as the insulin, I have not had to take insulin since my surgery. Unbelievable! My goal was to have more energy and get off of some of the medications! So this was all well worth it! Good luck!


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  6. #138
    Gastric Sleeve Member
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    02/22/2017
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    Dr. William Richardson
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    I was insulin dependent but one month post surgery and I no longer take insulin or pills. I rise in the morning with a blood sugar of 78-110. I have lost 64 lbs since my surgery 2/22! I was also on 7 blood pressure medications and no only taking one 50 mg losartan. I am feeling so much better! My goal was getting off the medications! I know everyone can't be the same, but just thought I'd let you'll know I am OFF INSULIN!


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  8. #139
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    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    I've recently begun considering getting the sleeve because of my diabetes and other health conditions. Thank you all for sharing your success!

  9. #140
    Gastric Sleeve Member mandyjdc's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Amanda
    Surgery date
    10/18/2017
    Surgeon
    Dr. Christopher Eagan
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    Jan 2017
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    I was on Metformin and Trulicty and am off both meds! Between restricted calories, and eating almost all protein, my blood sugars have been great!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member AnnieG's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Annie
    Surgery date
    10/05/2017
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    Dr. Ryan Heider
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    Quote Originally Posted by murfandpeg View Post
    Thank you for your response...I am so looking forward to having this surgery...I am not expecting to look like I did in high school but my main concern is getting off of the medications...I have an appointment with my dr. next week and hopefully will be getting a surgery date soon.......if.....my insurance says yes.
    I went from 17 meds daily to only 4, plus vitamin. No HBP, perfect A1C, no angina, no swollen ankles, no upset stomach. Do still take cholesterol shot plus med as I've had CVAs + CAD.
    [I]HW: 240 lbs CW: 205 lbs: SW: 199 lbs GW: 130 lbs

    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4
    3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 MO = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL)
    1 YR = 122.0 20 MO = 130.0

  12. #142
    Gastric Sleeve Member Twodogfox's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    04/10/2018
    Surgeon
    Charles J. Swannack, MD, FACS
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    Jun 2016
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    I'm so glad to read these responses, as everything I read online and was told at the informational seminar says if you are diabetic at all, do the bypass. They say the sleeve will only lower your meds and give you a lesser percentage of stopping meds. I've been agonizing over this. The bypass scares me for some reason, seems I read about more pain, longer recovery and longer until you can drive etc. I also worry about getting enough nutrients and bone density. You've all pushed me back toward the sleeve. I meet with the doctor on this March 20, two weeks. The other thing that concerns me is the percentage of excess weight loss numbers. If I'm going to make a big life change I want it to be worth it. I take two Metformin a day and just started in January.



  13. #143
    Gastric Sleeve Member sraebaer's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    I don't have diabetes, but do know that many people get off their meds for diabetes with the sleeve surgery. My doctor says sometimes this can happen within weeks!

    Good luck!



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  15. #144
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    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    Does the gastric sleeve help with liver problems?

    Thanks.


  16. #145
    Gastric Sleeve Member AnnieG's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Annie
    Surgery date
    10/05/2017
    Surgeon
    Dr. Ryan Heider
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Last Activity
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    Default Re: does the sleeve conquer the diabetes and other illnesses?

    My triglycerides went from 293 before sleeve to 110. My A1C is now a bit too low. A few low sugars, but no highs; no meds.

    I went from 20 meds daily to 4, plus my vitamins Which is good, because I am no longer good at taking pills.

    My cholesterol went from 220 to 87. (I am still on a statin because I have CAD/CABG/stents).

    And without sugar, my skin is wonderful
    [I]HW: 240 lbs CW: 205 lbs: SW: 199 lbs GW: 130 lbs

    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4
    3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 MO = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL)
    1 YR = 122.0 20 MO = 130.0

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