New findings published in two separate studies in the New England Journal of Medicine show that surgical weight loss patients can experience a significantly greater improvement in management of type 2 diabetes than obese diabetics undergoing care.
In both studies, one in Italy and the other in the United States, researchers examined patients who had undergone bariatric surgery procedures (including biliopancreatic diversion, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, or sleeve gastrectomy) and found that all had improve blood sugar control and significantly great weight loss than patients who were on a closely supervised diet, exercise and medication plan. In fact, bariatric patients were regularly allowed to discontinue their diabetes medications within weeks of their operation.
Researchers warn that it’s too soon to tell whether these patients are “cured” of diabetes due to a lack of long term follow-up. However, these results have many health professionals hopeful about the effectiveness of weight loss surgery in treating diabetes with some experts claiming that curing diabetes can – and should – be a primary reason for performing surgery.
With one, single intervention these patients are seeing their health improve by leaps and bounds. “‘The most effective treatment right now for diabetes is surgery’ — you can now use that sentence,” said Dr. Daniel Bessesen, chief of endocrinology at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. “This is a big deal.”
Source: LATimes.com “Weight-loss surgery effective against diabetes, studies show”