Can bariatric surgery help control Type 2 diabetes?

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The link between type 2 diabetes and obesity is strong and bariatric surgery can result in substantial weight loss. Hence, it would not be surprising that bariatric surgery would reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Nonetheless, a recent study out of Sweden, demonstrated a remarkable benefit beyond expectations. Investigators followed over 3,000 obese people without diabetes for a period of 15 years. They found that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was 83% lower in those who received bariatric surgery as compared to those that did not.

While there are various different types of bariatric surgery, they are all intended to limit the absorption of calories in the intestine. This most surely accounts for a portion of the weight loss seen after surgery. Yet, many studies now show that the surgery itself alters the levels of various hormones, affecting appetite and metabolism, which also contributes to the weight loss — as well as the reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

While the many benefits of bariatric surgery continue to be investigated, some things are now know… bariatric surgery will lead to dramatic weight loss and it will also dramatically reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Staff @ MexicaliMedicalGuide
April 8, 2013

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