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Gastric Bypass Surgery can bring about Long-term Remission or Improvement in Type 2 Diabetes

posted by Admin User at 2016-10-25 12:17:00

Treatment of type 2 diabetes in overweight patients has long been studied and researched and there has been much progress in the area of medical managementto treat symptoms of the disease. But according to a new study, results show that long-term remission or improvement in overweight people with type 2 diabetes is significantly possible post-gastric bypass surgery.

This research was published in the June edition of the Annals of Surgery journal, authored by Yijun Chen, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the UCLA Center for Obesity and METabolic health center, and other weight-loss professionals and academicians.

The study took over a 10 year period to compare long-term outcomes of 2 groups of morbidly obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. One group was managed by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, while the other group was managed medically.

Seventy-eight obese patients who had undergone the weight-loss procedure were operated between January 2000 and July 2004 and were followed for at least 10 years. The control group consisted of 80 diabetic obese patients from the same period with similar body mass index, age, race, and severity of diabetes.

Conclusions of the research: “In this study, we demonstrated that after 10 years of follow-up, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, compared with nonsurgical medical management, resulted in significantly greater weight loss, reduction in hemoglobin A1c, and use of antidiabetic medications, and very importantly a lower incidence of both microvascular and macrovascular complications in obese patients with type 2 diabetes.”

This research is another in the line of recent studies showing the superiority of surgical interventions, such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, over traditional medical management of type 2 diabetes.

And because diabetes has such a powerful effect on your heart, causing an increased risk of heart attacks and heart failure, this information could significantly change the lives of morbidly obese patients struggling with weight loss and the deleterious effects of type 2 diabetes.

posted at: 2016-10-25 12:17:00, last updated: 2016-10-25 12:18:30

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