Type 2 diabetes accounts for 95% of the 25.8 million diabetes cases in the US. 8.3% of the U.S. population has some type of diabetes. Obesity is a major independent risk factor for developing the disease. Diabetes is associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness and amputations. Head to toe studies found bariatric surgery superior to medical treatment in producing Type 2 diabetes remission, even before weight loss.