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I am 58 years old and diabetic (type2) i want to have a

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I am 58 years old and diabetic (type2)
i want to have a bariatric operation to lose weight.
Is it advisable for me? 58, diabetes?
Welcome and thanks for your question,yes , you could have bariatric surgery even being diabetic.
Evenmore , studies have shown that in patients who are obese and diabetic ,the surgery could help them to lose weight and improve their diabetes .
You will still need to have a pre-surgical evaluation to determine if your cardiovascular and respiratory and ventilatory functions are adequate to tolerate this surgery .
Usually ,doctors perform the surgery for obese patients who are 100 pounds or more over their ideal weight or a body mass index of 40 or more . In diabetic patients , a body of mass index of 35 or more is also a medical qualification to have bariatric surgery.
You consult your primary care physician who manages your diabetes so he can refer you to a surgeon who performs bariatric surgery to see if you meet all the qualifications . But your diabetes is definitely not a contraindication for the surgery.
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