Type 2 Diabetes & Medicare?

Glucometer for Diabetics

High blood sugar!

Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic worldwide and the CDC says 29 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 in 3 are pre-diabetic.   Type 2 diabetes is so often associated with obesity tha a new term has been coined by the medical community known as diabesity.

It’s estimated that 1 in 4 patients over the age of 65 now have diabetes , and it’s on the rise.  This is most likely one of the reasons that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services started covering weight loss surgery for Medicare recipients nearly a decade ago, as it has been shown to have a very high rate of diabetes resolution or remission.

Gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and even the Lap Band have all been shown to put diabetes into remission in a very high percentage of patients.  In fact, type 2 diabetes is becoming one of the major reasons patients are seeking weight loss surgery.  As these procedures are now minimally invasive and carry much lower risk than in the past, it is possible for a patient to have an outpatient operation and have a very good chance of eliminating type 2 diabetes.

Most insurance companies that cover weight loss surgery, including Medicare, have certain criteria that a patient must meet in order to be eligible for weight loss surgery.  Typically, patients must have a BMI of 35-40 with a weight related medical issue like diabetes, or just have a BMI over 40 even if no weight related issues are present.  Weight loss surgery shouldn’t be a patient’s first attempt at losing weight either, so a past history of failed diets is usually a pre-requisite also.

If you have Type 2 diabetes and have a BMI over 35, there is an excellent chance that a surgical weight loss procedure can transform your health by putting your diabetes into remission  Call us or make an appointment to find out if you might be a candidate!


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Announcing Wednesday office hours in Northern Kentucky office!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Udelhofen will now be seeing patients 1 Wednesday a month in our NKY office!

If you find yourself up a few pounds from the holidays, now is the perfect time to get back on track with one of our appetite suppressant programs.  Just call Pam at 859-331-1035 or email her at pam@curryweightloss.com for more info!  You can also just click on “Make Appointment” on the right sidebar menu!

Trace Curry MD
Medical Director
JourneyLite Physicians

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Giving Back To Gatlinburg

I really appreciate everyone who donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help the people of Gatlinburg and Sevier County after the devastating wildfires they experienced.  It’s not too late to donate, just text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.  Share this video around and maybe we can double what we’ve already collected!

Dr. Trace Curry

Giving Back To Gatlinburg

PS I’ve always been interested in roots music, but until about 6 months ago had never even heard of a gourd banjo until I was listening to Pandora and heard an artist by the name of Adam Hurt.  Check out his album called Earth Tones for some really good clawhammer!

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Bloodwork needed after bariatric surgery

RNY gastric bypass

Gastric Bypass/RNY

Gastric bypass is a malabsorptive operation, which can rarely lead to vitamin and nutrient deficiencies.  Therefore we recommend bloodwork every 6-12 months afterwards:

SIPS procedure is based on duodenal switch

Duodenal Switch/SIPS Procedure

The duodenal switch or SIPS Procedure is the most powerful of all weight loss surgeries!  However, SIPS/DS patients are also at the highest risk for vitamin and nutrient deficiences and MUST be compliant with the recommended post-op vitamins.  We recommend checking the following labs afterwards:

gastric band

Lap Band/Realize Band

For gastric band patients, no specific labs are needed.  We recommend regular health screening labs according to your primary care physician’s guidelines.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Sleeve

Even though the gastric sleeve is not technically a malabsorptive procedure, vitamin deficiencies can rarely arise.  For this reason we recommend the following following labs aftwards:

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