Weight loss surgery can make a big difference for people with type 2 diabetes. For many people, blood sugar levels get back to normal after surgery (and for Gastric Bypass surgery, this can place before there is even any significant loss in weight). This could mean you need less medication or none at all.

Research shows improvements in type 2 diabetes after weight loss surgery. One long-term study tracking 400 people with type 2 diabetes found that six years after bariatric surgery, 62% showed no signs of diabetes. They also had better blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. In comparison, only 6% to 8% of people who took medicine, but didn’t have surgery, showed similar results.