Gastric bypass surgery 'could help diabetes sufferers'

30th June 2011

Gastric bypass surgery could benefit obese people who suffer from diabetes, according to a new study.

Research conducted at the Institute for Cardiovascular Research at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and detailed in the Archives of Surgery, highlighted that 80 per cent of such patients could come off their diabetes medication following a gastric bypass.

Over the course of the study, the institute's Rick Meijer and his team looked at data from nine other studies into diabetics who had undergone gastric bypasses.

It was found that 83 per cent of patients could stop taking their medication following a gastric bypass, while 62 per cent needed no further treatment after gastric banding.

Commenting on the study, Jon Gould, who heads the weight loss surgery program at the University of Wisconsin, and was not involved in this study, said that surgery should be the "front line therapy" for diabetes.

According to Diabetes UK, Type 2 diabetes accounts for between 85 and 95 per cent of all people with diabetes. It is treated with healthy diet and exercise, as well as medication or insulin.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1 Comment on "Bariatric Surgery as a Novel Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus", Archives of Surgery, Jon C. Gould, MD, June 2011

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