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How Obesity Surgery Proves Effective for Treating Diabetes?


There is research completed to prove how effective obesity surgeries, especially gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery, are for treating diabetes and elevate the quality of patient’s life. It is scientifically proven that losing weight can cure many metabolic illnesses so much better than medications would. Below, you will see the details of a conducted experiment to determine if obesity surgery helps with treating diabetes.

Did you know that obesity surgery is an effective way of treatment against type 2 diabetes and even helps patients who do not have morbid obesity? According to the research conducted by Cleveland Clinic researchers which included 150 patients that one-third of whom were using medication for their diabetic illnesses and lifestyle changes alone without having any surgical intervention; one-third who got gastric bypass surgery; and one-third also who got sleeve gastrectomy surgery; and one-third did not have any bariatric surgery at all. All three groups were overweight and had diabetes that was not well treated by medication.

3 years later , patients who had bariatric surgery had nearly healthy levels of sugar while taking less medication than the group which did not have an obesity surgery before. Researchers are having a difficult time understanding why exactly obesity surgeries are effective when defeating diabetes without further need of medication. But one thing is for sure that the improvements begin instantly. As per the findings of this research, it is concluded that patients who needed insulin treatment for their diabetes did not need it anymore by the time they left the hospital a day or two later after their obesity surgery. The trial also showed that the two types of obesity surgery had somewhat similar benefits, which was unexpected. Because, it was generally believed that gastric bypass has been around longer thus had to be a better option in obesity surgery than gastric sleeve surgery. But that was not the case.

Keep in mind that insurance generally only covers the procedure for people with a body mass index, or BMI, over 35 in the United States of America. To get accurate and complete information in this regard, contact your insurance company. In conclusion, obesity surgeries can be considered valuable investments as diabetes can be cured as per above research facts and figures. Be informed that the mentioned trial above was funded by Ethicon, which is a Johnson & Johnson company.

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