Weight Loss Surgery Effective in Preventing Type 2Tuesday, November 18, 2014
A recent study shows that weight loss surgery maybe being even more helpful in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
In a study conducted in Great Britain, researchers identified 2,167 obese adults without diabetes who underwent one of three surgical procedures (laparoscopic adjustable banding, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric bypass) for weight loss from 2002 onwards. These participants were compared with 2,167 people who served as controls who did not have surgery or other obesity treatments.
During follow-up examinations, 38 new diagnoses of diabetes among participants who had weight loss surgery were recorded, compared with 177 in control participants. Compared with controls, diabetes incidence was reduced by about 80% in participants who had surgery, even after controlling for other important factors including smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
"Our results suggest that bariatric surgery may be a highly effective method of preventing the onset of new diabetes in men and women with severe obesity,” said Professor Martin Gulliford, Professor of Public Health at King's College London, UK.
However, it was also said that further research needs to be done in order to properly see weight loss surgery’s role in the treatment of diabetes.
Source: The Lancet