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Type 2 diabetes patients may experience significant health benefits from bariatric surgery

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jul 20, 2015 2:00:00 PM

diabetic health benefits of bariatric surgeryNew research by the University of Pittsburgh shows that people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes receive more health benefits from weight-loss surgery than from making a lifestyle change. The JAMA Surgery journal published the study examining data collected from 61 patients between 25 and 55 years old with type 2 diabetes.

Almost half of the participants in the study had a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 34.9 and were classified as class 1 obese, while the others fell under heavier obesity classes. Researchers divided the participants, instructing some to undergo an intense lifestyle change for one year, followed by a less intensive change for two years.

The rest of the participants were instructed to undergo bariatric (weight-loss) surgery according to guidelines for qualifying for laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The researchers also enrolled these patients in a low-intensity lifestyle intervention for two years.

At the end of the study, 40 percent of participants who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery experienced a three-year remission of their diabetes. Twenty-nine percent of those who underwent adjustable gastric banding surgery also experienced improvements in their health over the same period. However, participants who did not undergo surgery did not show any remission of their type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes.

To learn more about the results of the study by the University of Pittsburgh, visit TECHTIMES.com.

CarePoint Health Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a number of different weight-loss surgeries to help you meet your weight-loss goals, including sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. To learn more about our bariatric surgery options, contact us at 201-795-8175 and register for our free seminar.

Content on our website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. Always consult your physician before making any changes to your medical treatment.

Topics: Bariatrics, Health, Diabetes

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