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Bariatric Surgery Benefits Type 2 Diabetics: Learn All About Weight-Loss Surgery - A new study by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researchers affirms the superiority of weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, over lifestyle changes to treat Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM).
The study, published online by JAMA Surgery, was conducted on 61 obese adults, some of whom were assigned to surgical procedures, while others were given intensive lifestyle weight loss intervention for one year followed by a low-level lifestyle intervention for two years. All the participants were aged between 25 and 55 years and were followed for 3 years.
According to the study, 43 percent of the participants who received a gastric bypass procedure and 29 percent who received a gastric band registered either a partial or complete remission of the disease.
Moreover, complete remission was achieved in 15 percent of gastric bypass patients and 5 percent of laparoscopic gastric banding patients. Nobody was reported getting rid of the condition in the non-surgical group which just received intensive lifestyle intervention.
Furthermore, more bariatric surgery patients lost considerable weight and no longer required diabetes medication at three years than those on lifestyle intervention alone. Hence, these results affirm that people with BMI of 30 to 40 can be treated by weight loss surgery.