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Weight-Loss Surgery Means Diabetes Remission

Nearly 70 percent of people with type 2 diabetes can accomplish long-term disease remission by having weight-loss surgery called gastric bypass, according to new Danish study.

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Although this may be good news for obese or overweight individuals seeking to lose weight, the surgery is not a cure for type 2 diabetes.  People can relapse and start having symptoms again even after they go into remission and seem to no longer have the disease. In fact, 27 percent patients had relapsed after a five-year follow-up.

One good thing about the gastric bypass surgery is that is what linked to reductions in nerve damage, vision problems and kidney disease.

Gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery are two proven weight-loss surgeries that have helped many patients with weight loss and health issues such as type 2 diabetes. This is mainly because of the fat loss and calorie restriction according to the study lead author Dr. Lene Ring Madsen, from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.

The study had over 1,100 people who had gastric bypass in Denmark. The surgeries were between 2006 and 2015.

Patients were compared to those who had surgery to about 1,100 type 2 diabetics who did not. About 65 percent of the patients when into remission in six months while 74 percent had remission after a year.

I believe the most important findings in this study is the reduction of diabetes complications by 50 percent. People are afraid of going blind and amputations so if gastric bypass can reduce those chances, I say doctors and patients should consider this for better health and weight loss.

SOURCES: Lene Ring Madsen, M.D., Ph.D., Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark; Mitchell Roslin, M.D., director, bariatric surgery, Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; Feb. 6, 2019,Diabetologia

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