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Weight-Loss Effective Treatment For Diabetes

Bariatric weight-loss surgeries effective in treating diabetes caused by obesity…

A new study comparing surgical weight-loss procedures to standard diabetes treatments concludes that surgery is more effective at helping people combat type 2 diabetes.

The study, conducted by Dr. Francesco Rubino, chief of gastrointestinal metabolic surgery and director of the Metabolic and Diabetes Surgery Center at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell in New York City and his team from Rome’s Catholic University involved two years of monitoring 60 severely obese patients with type 2 diabetes who were between the ages of 30 and 60.

One-third of the patients were treated with diabetes drugs and diet/lifestyle modifications, while the rest underwent one of two surgical procedures: either Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or biliopancreatic diversion surgery.

At the end of study all of the patients who underwent surgery were able to stop taking their diabetes medications, while the vast majority entered into full disease remission; neither outcome occurred in the traditional treatment group.

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Weight-Loss Surgery Effective Treatment For Diabetes

Dr. Rubino said:

“We have known for many years that bariatric surgery, and specifically certain types of operations like gastric bypass, are very effective in terms of helping to control diabetes,”

“But what this new study shows is that even when you compare surgery against standard treatment, surgery performs far better in terms of the improvement that you can get in terms of diabetes…

“Surgery dramatically reduces blood sugar levels, and very often surgical patients can stop taking the medications used for diabetes.” [MSNBC]

Rubino added out that while effective, traditional diabetes treatments can pose their own set of problems, for example insulin can cause patients to gain weight, which can have a negative impact on the disease.

The finding were announced at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in Chicago, and study published in the online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, March 26th.

The Italian researchers are not the only ones looking into the health benefits bariatric surgery to treat diabetes, a team from the Cleveland Clinic reported similar findings, which were announced at the same meeting and published in the same journal.

The Cleveland doctors followed 150 patients with type 2 diabetes for a year, and found those who had undergone weight-loss surgeries were much more likely to lower their blood sugar levels, and reduce their use of diabetes compared to those on traditional therapies.

While all surgery comes with its own risks, the new findings show that bariatric surgery is more effective at treating diabetes than traditional hypoglycemic medicines alone.


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