Gastric bypass surgery 'helps diabetes patients'

27 November 2012

While gastric bypass surgery can help diabetes patients, it does not cure the condition.

This is the finding of new research, published in the journal Obesity Surgery, which looked at diabetic patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery.

It was found that of the two-thirds of patients whose diabetes disappeared after the surgery, more than a third re-developed the condition within five years of the operation.

Furthermore, one-quarter of patients did not experience a remission of their diabetes after the surgery.

In total, 56 per cent of the study's patients had no long-lasting remission of their diabetes following the operation.

Principal investigator, David E Arterburn, commented: "Our results suggest that, after gastric surgery, diabetes stays away for longer in those people whose diabetes was less severe and at an earlier stage at the time of surgery."

The scientist also noted that gastric surgery is not for everyone, but people who are diabetic and severely obese should "strongly consider it".

Posted by Philip Briggs

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