POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — News that could affect the more than 20-million Americans with type 2 diabetes: a new study suggests a surgery that has been proven to help people lose weight could double as a treatment for uncontrolled diabetes.
One hundred fifty overweight adults who participated in a clinical trial at the Cleveland Clinic are testing whether stomach-reducing surgery could manage the disease better than medication, diet and exercise.
Patients who had surgery were also able to cut the number of cholesterol and blood pressure drugs they were taking and lost significantly more weight.
"Just a little bit less than half of those who had gastric bypass achieved a complete remission," Said Professor of Surgery Doctor Philip Schauer.
"There are some medications that try to mimic what the operation does but so far they're just not as powerful as surgery,"said Dr. Schauer.
Doctors say a hormone in the stomach released immediately after surgery appears to stimulate the pancreas to make more insulin. The study was funded by a company that makes tools used in weight loss surgeries.