Weight Loss Surgery May Put Diabetes into Remission
New research is boosting hopes that weight loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good. Doctors on Monday gave longer results from a landmark study showing that stomach-reducing operations are better than medications for treating “diabesity,” the deadly duo of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Millions of Americans have this and can’t make enough insulin or use what they do make to process food.
Many experts were skeptical that the benefits seen after a year would last. Now, three-year results show an even greater advantage for surgery.
Blood-sugar levels were normal in 38% and 25% of two groups given surgery, but in only 5 percent of those treated with medications.