Bariatric Surgery Helps Chronic Kidney Disease, Study Finds

People who suffer from chronic kidney disease – often caused by diabetes and high blood pressure – may be able to significantly improve their condition with bariatric surgery.

A new study found that one year after having bariatric surgery, severely obese patients with CKD who had “moderate disease” went to having “mild disease”. Those who had “mild disease” went to normal, according to a press release from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The findings were presented at the annual meeting for the ASMBS.

“With bariatric surgery we are attacking the two main culprits of chronic kidney disease – high blood sugar and high blood pressure,” said Dr. Wei-Jei Lee, the study’s co-author. “However, this study suggests the earlier we treat CKD in the disease process with bariatric surgery, the more favorable the impact on the kidney.”

More than 230 patients participated in the study. Most of them had a body mass index of 39.5. One-fifth of the patients had mild to moderate CKD. One-fourth had a condition that leads to the disease. More than 90 percent had type 2 diabetes and nearly half had hypertension, the release states.

One year after surgery, type 2 diabetes went into remission for close to 60 percent of the patients.

Source: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery news release

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