IF you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and obesity, here are reasons to consider bariatric surgery. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, bariatric surgery is superior to intense medical therapy in the remission of type 2 diabetes. Evidence suggests that surgical intervention soon after diagnosis of type 2 diabetes offers a better chance for remission than does surgery after an extended period following diabetes onset. Patients with type 2 diabetes who have bariatric surgery have about a 50% lower risk of having complications related to diabetes (blindness, need for dialysis and amputations). If you have had type 2 diabetes and have related health conditions, you might be a candidate for surgery. Recent evidence suggests that you may have a change for remission, to decrease diabetes medicines and to reduce your risk of having future medical problems related to diabetes. John D. Scott, MD is here to discuss Type 2 Diabetes: What’s right for you? Consider all of the options.