Weight loss surgery results in diabetes for many

Diabetes can retun within three to five years after surgery

WRITTEN BY: Lexi Elias
Diabetes Insulin Shots
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Diabetes Insulin Shots

People will do anything to be skinny and turn heads while walking down the street in that new, cute outfit. However, would we risk getting diabetes just so we can look better in our jeans? A new study finds that in about one-fifth of the gastric bypass surgeries performed result in the return of diabetes within three to five years. 

In gastric bypass surgery, the patient’s stomach is made smaller in order to help him/her lose weight. Of the 72 obese people with type 2 diabetes who had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure between 2000 and 2007, 92 percent of them had a reversal of their diabetes after the surgery.

The eight percent of these patients who did not have recurrence in diabetes did lose more weight immediately after their surgery and maintained a lower average weight throughout the follow-up period.

Although there was no significant association between body mass index and a higher diabetes recurrence rate after surgery, research did show that the longer patients suffered from diabetes before surgery, the likeliness of the disease coming back was higher.

Therefore, Dr. Yessica Romas, an internal medicine resident at Mayo clinic Arizona, suggests that the sooner obese people with diabetes have weight-loss surgery, the better.   

"Providers and patients need to be aware of this information, to have a better idea of the expected outcome and be able to make an informed decision about pursuing gastric bypass surgery," Ramos said in an Endocrine Society news release.

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