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Weight Loss Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes

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Will Insurance Cover it?

Many insurance companies cover weight loss surgery, since studies show that weight loss surgery could help treat type 2 diabetes.

Many insurance companies will ask you to go on a weight loss program first. This will show that you tried losing the weight before choosing surgery.

If you don’t have coverage, the surgery can cost between $11,500 and $26,000. You can deduct it from your federal income taxes.

After Surgery

Sticking to your diet and exercise plan is the best way to stay healthy and keep the weight off.

You’ll have to eat smaller meals. Choose a half-cup to a cup of vegetables and protein-rich foods per serving. Try lean cuts of meat, fish, beans, low-fat cheese, and yogurt.

It's a good idea to work with a nutritionist as you shift your eating habits, especially if your body doesn't absorb nutrients the way it used to before your surgery. Make sure you're getting enough of all the vitamins and minerals you need.

After you lose a lot of weight, you may want to consider plastic surgery to take up sagging skin. It's a good idea to talk with your doctor about that when you're planning ahead.

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on November 19, 2014
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