SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Millions of people in this country are living with diabetes and with that disease can come several other medical problems to constantly take care of.
It was life for one KELOLAND woman. She was diagnosed with type two diabetes five years ago, but thanks to a decision to head into the operating room, she's no longer a diabetic.
The gym is now Beverly Boyer's new home away from home. That's because just over a year ago, her doctor gave her a big wake up call.
"My son was headed for Iraq for a second time and I was really worried and upset and all that. And he told me that if I didn't do something with my weight, I may not be here when he got home," Boyer said.
Then Boyer weighed 375 pounds; her list of medications went on and on and on.
"I had medication for my type two diabetes; I had medication for my high blood pressure. I had medication for high cholesterol; I had medication to go to sleep and I had medication to wake up," Boyer said.
But gastric bypass surgery changed all of that.
"I've tried all the programs out there. But this isn't a quick fix either. This is a total lifestyle change. And the surgery was just a tool to help me get where I am," Boyer said.
Just a year after the procedure, she's down 150 pounds, only takes two medications and months ago her doctor told her she is no longer diabetic.
"It was awesome. I marked it on my calendar as a day of rejoicing," Boyer said.
Doctors have found that gastric bypass surgery increases the hormones made by the intestines
. Those hormones stimulate the pancreas to make more insulin. And the surgery is doing more than that.
"Improvement of sleep apnea, reflux, joint and back problems, dislipidemia, cardiovascular disease. The list goes on and on and on," Sanford Health Weight Loss Surgeon Dr. Dennis Glatt said.
For Boyer, living without all that weight, and without diabetes, means she has a lot of life to live and for that she couldn't be happier.
"I feel wonderful," Boyer said.
Boyer's weight loss surgery means eating right and working out have to be a part of her life plan. You can learn more about gastric bypass and reversing diabetes online
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