Weight-Loss Surgery Reduces Death Risk for Diabetics

Weight-loss surgery can help with more than just losing weight for those who are obese and have type 2 diabetes. What if weight-loss surgery reduces death risks?

Weight-loss surgery Photo by 123rf
Weight-loss surgery Photo by 123rf

According to a new study, it also reduces premature death and heart complications by approximately 40 percent, compared to other medical treatments.

Weight-Loss Surgery Reduces Death Risk

Between 1998 and 2017, researchers compared the effects of weight-loss surgery and other medical care for people with type 2 diabetes. They looked at different issues such as heart failure, stroke and heart disease. The study author said there was a reduction in all of the components and the results were described as “striking”.

After an eight-year follow-up, individuals who had weight-loss surgery had:

  • 41% lower odds of dying from any cause,
  • 62% lower odds of heart failure,
  • 31% lower odds of heart disease,
  • 33% lower odds of stroke,
  • 60% lower odds of diabetic kidney disease,
  • 22% lower odds of atrial fibrillation.

Also, those who had surgery lost more weight and used fewer medications for diabetes and other conditions.

Weight-Loss Surgery Is Not A Replacement

Even though these are good results, I still do not think weight-loss surgery should be replaced with traditional diet and exercise. Weight loss surgery does have risks involved and it is not for everyone. If you are obese and really want to consider weight-loss surgery, please talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you.

Weight Loss Surgery May Be For You

There are new medications now that treat type 2 diabetes that were not available for the study, so people may have better outcomes in the current times. If you have tried everything else and still can’t achieve the weight loss you need, then having weight-loss surgery may be your only option.

Source: Gordong. S “Weight-Loss Surgery Drops Death Risk for Diabetics” www.webmd.com September 3, 2019