Patients who are diagnosed with diabetes are sometimes made to feel as though they have done something wrong. It is now becoming known that patients are feeling guilty and responsible for their diabetes diagnosis. According to a recent NBC news story patients are left with the impression that their diabetes is a result of an overindulgence of sweets and sugary items. Some patients believe that the diagnosis is as a result of their inability to maintain their weight. While excess weight is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes — more than 85 percent of people who have it are overweight, according to government estimates — not everyone who is overweight is diabetic. There are uncontrollable risk factors, including family history or age. And some ethnic groups such as African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to develop it. Dr. O’Toole makes it clear to his patients that they need not be ashamed of their weight concerns or past diabetes diagnosis. Many patients who have lost weight now have well-managed diabetes. Provided they are healthy they will be candidates for post massive weight loss plastic surgery procedures like thigh lift, abdominoplasty, and brachioplasty. These patients tend to recover well and are given an added boost in an area where they previously felt shame. Dr. O’Toole is committed to making certain that patients are comfortable enough to share their personal information with him in confidence.
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