Weight loss surgery could help treat diabetes
Sitagliptin users understand the risks of how being overweight can heavily impact their chances of diabetes.
Sitagliptin users understand the risks of how being overweight can heavily impact their chances of diabetes. While eating healthy and proper exercise are the more conventional paths taken to maintain an appropriate body weight, researchers are now insisting that a more radical method of weight loss could also help treat diabetes.
Cleveland Clinic researchers have analyzed data regarding to whether or not undergoing gastric bypass surgery can actually decrease the likelihood of diabetes forming. The trial started by including 150 test subjects who were not only deemed overweight, but also had poorly managed diabetes. The participants were divided into groups of three, where 50 of them were administered to the bypass surgery procedure on top of receiving additional medical therapy.
Three years after the initial studies began, 37.5 percent of those who underwent the gastric bypass surgery were able to achieve blood sugar control without having to use any diabetic medications, compared to only 5 percent of patients who received routine medical therapy. The subjects who received the weight loss surgery also lost five to six times more pounds after going under the knife then compared to those who didn't receive the surgical procedure.
A follow-up survey was also issued to those who were involved in the study, and researchers discovered that those who experienced the surgery reported significant improvements on an average 5 out of 8 mental and physical domains that were determined by the doctors. Those who only received standard medical therapy reported zero areas of mental or physical improvement.
Dr. Sangeeta Kashyap, an endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic's Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute and lead author of the study, was excited to see patients dealing with diabetes showing tremendous upside.
"We see patients whose lives are ravaged by diabetes," Kashyap said in a statement. "More than 90 percent of the patients who underwent bariatric surgery were able to lose 25 percent of their body weight and control their diabetes without the use of insulin and multiple diabetes drugs."