Weight loss surgery has proven to treat diabetes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Weight loss surgery has proven to treat diabetes

A bold headline today should get the attention of more than 20 million Americans with type-two diabetes.  Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say weight loss surgery has proven to be a real option in treating uncontrolled diabetes.  

They tested 150 overweight adults in clinical trial to see whether stomach-reducing surgery could manage type-two diabetes better than medication, diet, and exercise. What they found is exciting for some patients.

Dr. Philip Schauer said, "Just a little bit less than half of those who had gastric bypass achieved a complete remission." Participant Tim Feree said, "Since the surgery, I don't have to take anything for my diabetes or for high blood pressure or for bad cholesterol, so I'm in much better shape over all."

Patients who had surgery were also able to cut the number of cholesterol and blood pressure drugs they were taking, and they lost significantly more weight. 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 some of the tools used in weight loss surgeries. The complete story is in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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