Because so many of our DayOne Health patients are type 2 diabetic or pre-diabetic, it is very important for us to have all the answers that our diabetic patients might ask. Since diabetes is so closely connected with your diet, it is more than reasonable that you are curious how the lap-band diet will affect your condition.
If you are pre-diabetic, your primary care doctor most likely advised you to change your diet a little, incorporate some exercise and check your sugar levels from time to time. If you were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, your doctor probably not only asked you to stay away from sugar but also prescribed some medication. Depending on how advanced your diabetes is, you may be faced with different challenges along the way.
As a part of preparation for your lap-band procedure, you will have to undergo a two-week liquid diet. The purpose of this special diet is to shrink your liver so that the surgeon has more room to move around your stomach during the weight loss surgery. After getting your band in place, you will need to continue your clear liquid diet for two days and then move to the full liquids for the rest of the week. Because switching to liquids only is rather a drastic change in your diet, you will also have to adjust how you handle your diabetes.
Diabetes and a liquid diet
Surprisingly, the way you have to adjust your liquid diet is more a matter of the medication you’re on than the type of diabetes you have. If you were diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, you may want to consult your primary care doctor before you will start your preparatory diet. Your doctor will adjust the dosage of your medication and provide you with specific diabetes care guidelines. Usually, we at DayOne Health advise our diabetic patients to closely monitor their sugar levels during the time of the preoperative diet. Because diabetics are more sensitive to amplitudes of sugar levels in their blood, we advise them to “eat” more often than regular pre-lap-banders would. Furthermore, while for non-diabetics we recommend mostly to stay away from sugars, for diabetics some sweetened drinks will be more than fine.
Diabetes after lap-band procedure
After the lap-band surgery you will most definitely have to discuss changes in your eating habits with your primary care doctor. If you are currently taking medication for type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the dosage as well as medication may need to be adjusted to the your new regimen. After your first lap-band adjustment, you will be able to eat approximately 4oz of solid food in one seating, while your total daily calorie intake will be around 1,200 calories. With that in mind, you will need to discuss with your doctor how often should you snack and monitor your sugar levels.
Lap-band resolving type 2 diabetes
Very often questions about the dosage of medication start to be relevant soon after the lap-band procedure. Many of our DayOne Health pre-diabetics and early stage diabetics could completely put their medication away within a few days after the weight loss surgery. The reason behind it is not only the fact that this will be the time when you lose weight the fastest, but also because the amount of food you can eat is decreased so much. As your portions decrease, so do the sugar levels in your blood. As a result, your type 2 diabetes improves every day with your new healthy eating habits.
If you would like to hear more about the lap-band procedure, diabetes and weight loss surgery, and our DayOne Health comprehensive weight loss program in Chicago, call to speak with our patient advocate at 312-239-3838 or schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our surgeons.