Is weight loss surgery right for you? Weight loss surgery can be an effective way to lose weight, improve your health and reduce or possibly even eliminate the medications you need for obesity-related health problems.
According to the American Diabetes Association’s 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, bariatric surgery is:
- Recommended for people with a body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height used to estimate how close a person is to a healthy weight) of 40 or higher (37.5 for Asian Americans, who often develop diabetes at a lower BMI than other groups), regardless of their A1C.
- Recommended for people whose BMI falls between 35 and 39 (32.5 to 37.4 for Asian Americans) if, despite lifestyle changes and medication, their A1C is still above goal.
- Considered an option for people with a BMI between 30 and 34.9 (27.5 to 32.4 for Asian Americans) if, despite medications, their A1C is above goal.
The Nicholson Clinic knows the unique challenges facing those suffering with obesity, and treat each of our patients with compassion and respect. If you're considering weight loss surgery, we invite you to take our brief quiz to get started and learn more!