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Bariatric surgery may have a greater effect than medical management in the short-term treatment of Type II Diabetes

Bariatric surgery may have a greater effect than medical management in the short-term treatment of Type II Diabetes
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POSTED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 6:30am

UPDATED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 6:34am

A recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine reports that bariatric surgery may have a greater effect than medical management in the short-term treatment of Type II Diabetes. The study conducted by Dr. Schauer and his group at the Cleveland Clinic studied 150 patients with diabetes randomized into three groups. The first group was treated with standard medical management, and two groups receiving two types of bariatric surgical procedures, the gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy. Both surgical procedures were of equal efficacy and resulted in a significant decrease in blood sugars, hemoglobin A1-C levels and body weight, and the results were greater than achieved by medical management.

In a similar study published by Dr. Bellanger January of this year in the journal Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics comparing the effect of both the gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy on weight loss and diabetes, the study revealed equal effects between the two procedures in the ability of patients to get off of their diabetes medications. Specifically, the study revealed over 79% of patients were off their medications 8 weeks after the operations.

The latest study agrees with what Dr’s Bellanger, Schauer and many bariatric surgeons have been seeing with their patients after bariatric surgery, that a remarkable effect is seen not only with weight loss, but the significant medical diseases associated with obesity.

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