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Weight-loss Surgery is a Safe and Effective Type 2 Diabetes Treatment.
June 24, 2009
Researchers from NYU School of Medicine examined 95 patients who had laparoscopic gastric banding between January 2002 and January 2004. About 88 percent were taking oral diabetes medication and 15 percent were on insulin. After five years, about 40 percent of patients were in remission and about 43 percent had improved blood sugar levels. The average fasting glucose level decreased from 146 to 118.5 and the average HbA1c (a measurement of glucose levels over time) decreased from about 7.5 percent to around 6.6 percent, the researchers said in a meeting news release. "Our study contributes to mounting evidence that demonstrates gastric banding can have a sustained and meaningful effect on diabetes and morbid obesity and that the two diseases are interrelated," senior study author Dr. Christine Ren, an associate professor of surgery at NYU School of Medicine, said in the news release. The patients also lost substantial weight -- their mean BMI dropped from 46 to 35. Study participants had diabetes an average of 6.5 years prior to surgery, the researchers said.
- Christine Ren, MD, associate professor, surgery, NYU Program for Surgical Weight Loss
Learn more: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/hscout/2009/06/24/hscout628394.html