For the severely obese, weight loss surgery is often the most effective way to prevent or treat diabetes. Losing enough weight to significantly improve glycemic control can be very difficult because intensive insulin therapy and some glucose-lowering medications contribute to weight gain. Surgical options create the conditions for sustained weight loss by reducing stomach size so you can feel full with smaller portions, and hunger-cravings are lessened.

 An Australian trial compared the results of Lap-Band® therapy with the best conventional therapy of diet, exercise and counseling. Both groups received the same supports to encourage healthy eating and lifestyle behaviours. Diabetes remission rates were 73 per cent for those who had surgery compared to 13 per cent for conventional therapy groups. Those who had surgery lost an average of 21 per cent of their excess body weight compared to only two per cent among the non-surgical group.

 Surgical weight loss procedures are recognized by the Canadian Diabetes Association for appropriate patients when other interventions fail to achieve a healthy body weight.

 And Health Canada has approved the Lap-Band® system used at SmartShape as a treatment option for type II diabetes.

 SmartShape Weight Loss Centre has been helping Canadians achieve significant and sustained weight loss since 2005.  Highly skilled and extensively trained surgeons have performed more than 6,600 procedures at clinics in Toronto, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and Vancouver. SmartShape is the only company that provides all four recognized weight loss procedures: Lap-Band®, Gastric Sleeve, and Mini Gastric Bypass. The organization’s comprehensive post-operative Aftercare program provides a full five years of intensive follow-up support to help patients lose weight and keep it off. The organization is further supported by 50 affiliates nationally to help provide Aftercare. SmartShape is also Canada’s only weight loss clinic recognized by the Surgical Review Corp. as a Center of Excellence for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.

 Find out how SmartShape can help with your diabetes and other health conditions at https://www.smartshape.ca/lap-band/health-benefits/