Obesity Action Coalition Joins Covidien for Diabetes Cure

Type 2 diabetes can be cured among obese patients, and Covidien has gone beyond manufacturing surgical tools to be a bearer of this good news with the OAC.

Type 2 diabetes patients have new hope. Covidien, a company most known for manufacturing surgical devices, is helping put obese diabetes sufferers in touch with a cure.

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The company has joined forces with the Obesity Action Coalition, the National Association for Bariatric Nurses and ObesityHelp.com for a resolution campaign against Type 2 diabetes. Rather than trying to spread dire caution about the condition, however, the new team offers hope and education about how to cure it.

Gene Stewart, Covidien Director of Global Bariatric Development, said that right now, Type 2 diabetes is one of the main conditions that help obese people qualify for a weight loss operation. After undergoing a surgery such as Roux en Y gastric surgery, he added, many patients see their diabetes disappear in short time.

“Very few people really know about this,” he said.

Now they can. By visiting www.bariatrics4diabetes.com, people who are obese and suffer from diabetes can learn more about how certain surgeries can help. Viewers will see a patient-focused site that provides the contact information of a surgeon in their area. “They can use it as a stepping stone to go on to that next step and make a phone call to a surgeon and schedule an appointment,” he said.

Stewart discussed more developments. Another site, www.bariatricspro.com, offers extensive weight loss surgery information for four different groups of health care providers. Surgeons, primary care physicians, bariatric coordinators and nursing personnel can visit this site and find a category of resources tailored to them.

This wealth of tools, of course, is based on putting the patient first.

“That’s an integral part of our job – not only to provide technically excellent tools to improve the safety profile and procedures that we’re doing with the patients, but to provide that ongoing support for patients who feel somewhat isolated,” Stewart said. “It’s pretty typical that bariatric patients feel pretty isolated. And we want to make sure that we’re providing the right kind of support for them to help them on their journey.”