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Diet, Weight Loss Helps Reverse Type 2 diabetes (Health)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 06.24.2011

Studies: By Surgery or Diet, Weight Loss
Helps Reverse Type 2 diabetes
By Meredith Melnick Friday, June 24, 2011

In two new studies, researchers offer evidence that weight-loss surgery or a severely restricted-calorie

diet could help some people reverse their diabetes.

In one study, a meta-analysis in the journal Archives of Surgery, researchers from the Netherlands

looked at data on 424 people with Type 2 diabetes who received gastric-bypass surgery for weight

loss and 211 people who received gastric banding surgery.

Gastric bypass involves stapling off a small pouch of the stomach and connecting it to a lower

section of the small intestine; that forces food to bypass most of the stomach and part of the

small intestine, reducing absorption. Gastric banding involves placing an adjustable band around

the stomach that squeezes it to a smaller size.

In their analysis, the researchers found that 83% of gastric bypass patients and 62% of the

banding patients were able to stop taking medication for their diabetes within a few days of

surgery. Even at one- and two-year follow ups, those patients remained off medication.

However, for many, the diabetes reversal was short-lived. By the 10-year follow up, only

36% of all patients were able to maintain normal blood glucose levels without medicine.

With both types of bariatric surgery, patients who lost weight more weight were more likely

to experience reversal of Type 2 diabetes; therefore, the authors said it may be better for

severely obese diabetes patients who have chosen surgery to have the procedure early in

the course of disease.

Finish reading this at Time:com HERE:


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