Can Weight-loss Surgery Eliminate the Risk of Developing Diabetes?

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There is another piece of good news waiting to bring joy and hope in your life. You have probably heard of weight loss surgeries that people undertake to get rid of excess fat burden. But are you aware of the recent announcement that medical experts have made about the ability of weight loss surgeries? Well, now you can reduce the chances of developing type II diabetes with the help of weight-loss surgery. This is not a mere declaration, but a proven fact that scientists demonstrated after analyzing study results.


The research included a study period spread over approximately 15 years. The research result demonstrated that obese men and women who had any one of the three different types of bariatric procedure, had 80% lower possibility of developing type II diabetes than the people who tried to reduce weight by following strict diet and exercise regimen.

Besides, the participants with worst blood sugar level, who showed pre-diabetes symptoms, noticed most favorable results after the surgery. For them, the chances of developing diabetes reduced by 90%.

The same message was conveyed by Dr. Claude Bouchard, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana and the author of the study as well. He consents to the fact that bariatric surgery works well to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. There are actually two studies that took place this year and show that obese people with diabetes can achieve more beneficial results through weight loss surgeries than diet, exercise or drugs. And the new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine is the proof that weight-loss surgery can also help to prevent diabetes in people who are obese but don't suffer from diabetes yet.

Experts are highly optimistic about its future implications. The number of obese Americans suffering from pre-diabetic conditions is relatively high. Almost 20 million Americans suffer from type II diabetes and more than that are pre-diabetic. Unfortunately, if you are pre-diabetic, you have every possibility to develop diabetes in future. Dr. Philip Schauer is a professor at the Cleveland Clinic and also had active involvement in earlier studies looking for the role of bariatric surgery in diabetes prevention. He expressed his satisfaction in response to the recent findings.

Earlier in 1980, a group of scientists from Sweden tried to analyze the long term effect of bariatric surgery on health. Due to some ethical reasons, researchers could not assign people randomly to undergo weight-loss surgery. However, they selected a few obese people who wanted to participate in the research. There was another group of obese people who wanted to stick to diet, exercise and drugs to reduce weight. The median body mass index of both the group indicated morbid obesity but none of them had diabetes in the beginning. 1,658 people undertook bariatric surgery. A majority of them underwent the banding procedure that limits the quantity of food intake but does not affect the normal digestive process. A few participants went through the gastric bypass surgery that shrinks the stomach and rearranges bowels.

Researchers followed the group for almost 15 years. After analyzing the participant's body weight researchers found that people who had weight-loss surgery lost around 45 pounds. On the other hand, people, who opted to stick to nonsurgical methods, lost fewer pounds than that. By the time the surgery ended, researchers observed that around 77% of people in the surgery group managed to prevent diabetes and came clear in the diagnosis. The important part is that this number was almost double than the number of participants who decided to reduce weight through lifestyle modification. Dr. Bouchard explained the results. He said that surgical procedures helped to prevent diabetes not only by reducing body weight but also by making some changes in the gut that affect the secretion of important hormones that have serious influence on appetite control and metabolism.

Dr. Rudolph Leibel, co-director of Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center, said that most of the patients in the new study undertook banding procedure that do not change the anatomy of the digestive tract drastically. He emphasized that the result could be due to the significant amount of weight reduction achieved by the people who underwent surgical procedure. According to him this is generally a rare situation for people who try to lose weight through diet and exercises.

So, if you are obese and want to stay away from the dangerous consequences of diabetes, it can be an amazing revelation for you.

Author BioSahil is a guest blogger and an evangelist for Delray Recovery Center. They are specializing in addiction treatment, offers a variety of treatment programs designed for individuals suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders including depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder. Sahil is a fitness enthusiast and blogs about natural carb blocker & other dietary supplements.

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