Researchers reviewed the outcomes of more than 8,000 obese people with type 2 diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery. They found that nearly 87 percent experienced major improvements in diabetes control after surgery.
The findings show that some types of bariatric surgeries are more effective at reducing diabetes than others. For example:
The types of bariatric surgeries that were most effective at improving diabetes symptoms were also most effective at helping patients lose weight. Overall, participants lost 64 percent of excess weight with surgery.
However, other published studies indicate that the surgery itself - not just the weight loss - may be a key to diabetes treatment. That's because diabetes symptoms can disappear within days after having bariatric surgery, before the patient has lost significant weight. While this link is encouraging, more research is needed before any scientific conclusions can be made.
The study's authors note that more focused research must be done to understand the connection between diabetes and bariatric surgery. Their study was based on data from more than 600 existing studies, which reported results in different ways and had follow-up results for less than half of participants.
Keep in mind, not everyone is a candidate for bariatric surgery or for each surgery type. There are a number of factors to consider besides how surgery might impact your diabetes. Talk with your doctor to learn more about:
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Exercise Tips for Those with Diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes can lower their blood sugar, drop excess weight, and prevent the heart problems and bone fractures by exercising at least 30 minutes a day. Consider these exercise tips: