New Research Shows Patients Experience Diabetes Remission after Bariatric Surgery

Last week, the New England Journal published research showing many Type 2 Diabetic patients experience remission after bariatric surgery. Two separate studies tracked patients over two years to identify the effects of bariatric surgery on diabetes. For some time, doctors have seen a dramatic reduction in diabetes following surgery, but did not have specific research data to prove it.

The studies were conducted at two institutions – The Cleveland Clinic and Catholic University of Rome. The Cleveland Clinic study evaluated 150 patients that had body mass index’s (BMI) of 27 to 43 and received either gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery. The results indicated that 42 percent of bypass patients experienced diabetic remission versus 37 percent of sleeve patients.

Catholic University of Rome study included 60 patients with BMI’s between 30 between 60 who either received gastric bypass or biliopancreatic surgery. (Biliopancreatic surgery is not offered in the U.S.) Those patients who received the bypass surgery experienced 75 percent remission rate.

Though the research is good news for those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, both research studies were smaller in scope. A related article appeared in the NY Times.
Bariatric surgery has also been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol in overweight patients. If you’re interested in learning more about bariatric surgery, join us on April 11 for our informational seminar.

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One Response to New Research Shows Patients Experience Diabetes Remission after Bariatric Surgery

  1. Feridun says:

    What to Do About Malabsorption and Nutritional Deficiency.Due to the way our bodies are reagranred after bariatric surgeries, our bodies are not able to absorb as much calcium as we need, no matter how much healthy food we eat or drink. Nor can we get enough of other vitamins, minerals or proteins from food. That is why we need to take supplements as a part of our post bariatric nutrition plan. Most researchers in this field agree that there is no better calcium supplement than calcium chelate because it offers the best means of calcium absorption. Especially when coupled with magnesium and Vitamin D.Calcium deficiencies in post bariatric nutrition usually leads to muscle weakness and cramps, including our heart muscle. In addition, our bones and joints start losing density and strength. In my case, a little pain began in my thighs but kept getting worse. My hip joints lost all fluid and bone was rubbing on bone until the pain became excruciating, leading to double hip replacement. That is what led to my resolve to study the malabsorption issue and find ways to prevent other bone and joint deterioration.Losing weight and keeping it off is enough to be concerned about, so you want to be sure to include a very good calcium chelate, magnesium and Vitamin D supplement along with your others.

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