Diabetes and Bariatric Surgery

Mar 29, 2022

Gastric Sleeve Before and After

How You Can Control Your Diabetes and Prepare for Surgery

Uncontrolled diabetes can result from poor physical fitness, unhealthy diet, or not taking prescribed medications. If you have diabetes and are wanting to undergo weight loss surgery, we recommend consulting Dr. Alibhai and his team, who understands their patients’ goals in weight loss and guides them to what suits them best.

Patients with diabetes may be at higher risk for kidney and heart problems. Therefore, managing blood sugar levels and adopting a healthy lifestyle/diet before your surgery is imminent to make sure you have a successful recovery.

Here are some steps that will give your body the best opportunity at healing without any added complications:

  • Maintain an Active Lifestyle- It is always important to maintain an active lifestyle, but we recommend you to do so more before your surgery date. Adopt an active lifestyle months before your surgery. Aerobic exercise will reduce your blood sugar levels as well as decrease chronic inflammation.
  • Healthy diet- While it is always recommended to maintain a healthy diet, consuming a balanced diet with the right nutrition for around 3 months before your surgery helps your body maintain regular glucose levels. A nutritious diet is needed to help manage and keep blood sugar levels steady. It will also provide the body with all the nutrients needed to heal following surgery. Make sure that you are consuming enough meals with fiber, healthy fats, and protein to boost your body’s recovery rate. You may need to take high protein meal replacements and multi-vitamins to improve recovery.
  • Stop smoking or drinking- If you are a smoker or you consume alcohol, it is important that you refrain before and after your surgery. This will improve the blood circulation, which is already decreased because of diabetes, causing your blood vessels to tighten.
  • Keep a check on your health– It is important that while you are preparing for surgery, your body is not under attack by any pre-existing infections or other issues that can make it more complicated to heal wounds resulting from the surgery.

What Should the Blood Glucose Levels be Before Surgery?

  • Before meals, it should be 80-130 mg/dl.
  • 1-2 hours post meals; it should be below 180 mg/dl.


It is important that you do frequent blood glucose monitoring after surgery to manage your diabetes. You should also regularly visit your doctor to keep things under check. If you are planning to search for weight loss surgery doctors near me, you can get in touch with us, as our doctors, Dr.Alibhai and Dr. Gulamhusein ,along with the medical team can help you with your needs.

If you have to undergo weight loss surgery, be sure to talk with a surgeon about what you should do to prepare.


Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.



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