OBESITY AND DIABETES ARE OFTEN SEEN TOGETHER IN PATIENTS. noW, BARIATRIC SURGERY, ONCE ONLY SEEN AS A LAST RESORT, IS HELPING PATIENTS REVERSE THEIR DIABETES OR REDUCE THEIR DEPENDENCE ON INSULIN.    

31-YEAR-OLD JAY GARCIA IS A MUSIC TEACHER AT STUART ELEMENTARY IN CLEVELAND. HE LOVES HIS JOB, HIS STUDENTS AND ESPECIALLY, HIS OWN CHILDREN.

A few years ago, he was experiencing health issues his doctor said would probably shorten his life by 15 to 20 years.  HE WANTED TO CHANGE THAT OUTCOME. JAY WEIGHED 344 POUNDS, HAD DIABETES AND LOW ENERGY. 

"I was on insulin," Garcia said. "I was on high blood pressure medicine, high cholesterol medicine and taking a baby aspirin."

JAY WAS TOLD SURGERY WOULD BE A GOOD OPTION FOR HIM.

"Surgery allows them not only to lose more weight, but you get their diabetes in remission much better," Said Dr. Jaime ponce, a bariatric surgeon.

dR. PONCE EXPLAINS CLINICAL STUDIES HAVE PROVEN SURGERY IS THE BETTER CHOICE FOR MANY PATIENTS.

"The longer they have diabetes the more damage they create on the rest of their organs," HE SAID.

BOTH THE Sleeve gastrectomy AND THE gastric Bypass CAN BE PERFORMED WITH THE LESS INVASIVE LAPAROSCOPE.

JAY GARCIA'S WEIGHT IS 230 POUNDS DOWN FROM 344. HIS BMI WENT FROM 43 TO 27, IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS.

"My diet has regulated my diabetes on its own; from what I eat, how much I'm able to eat, and being mindful of what I put in my body," gARCIA SAID.

nOW, HE'S ABLE TO DO SO MUCH MORE WITH HIS KIDS. HE EVEN RAN WITH HIS SON BEFORE HIS TRYOUT FOR THE CROSS COUNTRY TEAM.

"since the surgery, I've noticed an increase of energy and increase of ability to do more activity for longer periods of time," gARCIA ADDED. "that is huge."

THE BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES TELL THE STORY. THE SURGERY WAS FOR MEDICAL REASONS, BUT LOOKING BETTER AND FEELING BETTER MAKE IT EVEN MORE WORTHWHILE.

"I would encourage anyone considering this, to do it not only to look good, but to feel good to live life to the fullest," HE ADVISED.