In Part 1 we looked at the blood sugar response of some bariatric surgery patients. Here’s another paper on the subject which has some actionable suggestions for dealing with this situation (Hypoglycemia after gastric bypass: An emerging complication. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. 2017 April;84(4):319-328. Author(s): Richard Millstein, DO Helen M. Lawler, MD). The article indicates that:
- 671,959 patients underwent gastric bypass procedures in the United States from 2003 to 2008.
- The mean time from gastric bypass to documented hypoglycemia is about 28 months.
- Serious symptoms, including needing third-party assistance, the prevalence was 11.6%.
- Roux-en-Y patients who wore a continuous glucose monitor for 86 months after surgery and found that 38% had hypoglycemia.
The article suggests various treatments.