ADVERTISEMENT

Is Bariatric Surgery a 'Cure' for Diabetes?

06/16/2009 - News

Is Bariatric Surgery a 'Cure' for Diabetes?

By: June Chen, MD

Tools:

By now, you are probably aware that the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes is obesity. Bariatric surgery is a surgical option for treating obesity, and according to the results of an analysis published in the March 2009 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, bariatric surgery leads to resolution or improvement of diabetes in over 86% of morbidly obese, diabetic patients.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and their colleagues analyzed data from 621 studies involving a total of over 135,000 patients. Of these patients, over 22% had type 2 diabetes. After bariatric surgery, 78.1% of the diabetic patients experienced complete resolution of their diabetes and 86.6% had either improvement or resolution. The researchers found that there was a progressive relationship between diabetes resolution and the amount of excess body weight lost, especially if the weight loss was maintained for at least 2 years.

Approximately 90% of all patients with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Based on this analysis, the researchers call for randomized clinical trials comparing surgical and medical therapies for type 2 diabetes. Since bariatric surgery is associated with a low mortality rate, it may be a viable treatment option for overweight and obese diabetics.

Source

Am J Med. 2009;122(3):248-256.

Created on: 03/13/2009
Reviewed on: 06/16/2009

Your rating: None Average: 3 (1 vote)
Tools:

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT



Alzheimer test

Information For Caregivers

IAGG Webcast