Research Reveals Bariatric Surgery Resolves Diabetes
More studies are showing that weight loss surgery can cure diabetes.
Patients who had surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs were five times more likely to see their diabetes disappear over the next two years than were patients who had standard diabetes care.
“Gastric bypass surgery is very effective against diabetes,” Dr. Stephen Boyce with Parkwest’s Bariatric Center of Excellence said.” Remission can be achieved in a matter of days or a month.”
While diabetes traditionally has been considered a chronic, progressive disease, weight loss surgery now represents a realistic cure for most patients.
“The evidence is growing that bariatric surgery is an effective tool for managing diabetes,” Dr. Boyce said. “This is the most significant advance in the management of diabetes since the discovery of insulin.”
Doctors have long known that losing weight can alleviate Type II diabetes. Some, however, have been surprised to discover that many patients see their blood sugar level return to normal very quickly following bariatric surgery – often within days and before they have lost much weight.
In a study published in last month’s The American Journal of Medicine, researchers analyzed 621 studies from 1990 to April of 2006. The results showed that 78.1% of diabetic patients had complete resolution and diabetes was improved or resolved in 86.6% of patients as a result of bariatric surgery.
“These studies are documenting what we are seeing in our practice,” Dr. Boyce said. “It’s the best therapy we have for diabetes today.”