A new study published in peer-reviewed journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases suggests that the cost of a gastric banding weight-loss procedure is offset by reduction in obesity-related medical costs within 2 1/4 years for surgery-eligible patients with type 2 diabetes and within four years for all surgery-eligible patients.

The study, which evaluated healthcare claim data from a group of patients who had gone under gastric banding and a group of patients who were eligible but did not have the surgery, found that post surgery medical costs slightly decrease for the first group, while the medical costs for the second group of patients continued to rise. The author of the study also stated that the upfront costs associated with the gastric banding procedure are recovered in a short period of time, especially for patients with diabetes.

Obesity not only affects how long a person can live, but carrying excess weight also increases the risk of developing life threatening medical conditions. Studies show that significant weight-loss may be able to improve or resolve these conditions.

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Originally posted by DiabetesCare.net on September 1, 2011.