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Diabetes and Bariatric Surgery Article Archives

February 2014

Bariatric Surgery Shows Significant Effect on Obese Type 1s

Here's a development to keep your eye on: Bariatric surgery performed on a small group of morbidly obese type 1s led to considerable weight loss, improved glycemic control, and improved metabolic profiles up to three years later.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 25, 2014

July 2013

Obesity Declared a Disease—Now What?

The statements from august medical authorities were grand and sweeping. This was important news, they said. This would change everything. Pay attention, patients, they said. The experts have spoken, and their word should be taken as final.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 16, 2013

July 2012

Type 2: Diabetes Recurrence After Bariatric Surgery May Depend on Diabetes Duration

Bariatric surgery, which alters or blocks portions of the digestive system, has produced long-term remission of diabetes symptoms in many type 2 patients. However, a small study of obese type 2 patients who underwent bariatric surgery shows that the longer they had diabetes, the greater the chances that their disease recurred after surgery. The retrospective study, conducted by Yessica Ramos, MD, at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, found that patients who had had diabetes for five years or longer were nearly four times as likely to experience a recurrence of the disease after the remission brought on by the surgery.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 9, 2012

April 2012

Weight-Loss Surgery Produces Dramatic Results in Type 2s

Bariatric surgery, not medications, may be the key to producing dramatic drops in weight and even the remission of diabetes symptoms among type 2 patients, says a study from the University of Rome.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 20, 2012

February 2011

Gastric Bypass Bests Lap-Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy for Resolution of Diabetes Symptoms

In two recent head-to-head year-long trials, one testing gastric bypass surgery versus lap band surgery and another pitting gastric bypass surgery against sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass came out ahead with regard to resolving the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Both studies were published in the February issue of the Archives of Surgery.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 25, 2011

New Clinical Trial Needs Type 2 Patients for Gastric Bypass Surgery

In order to undergo gastric bypass surgery, you must have a BMI of at least 35. If you have type 2 diabetes and would like to undergo the surgery to alleviate your diabetes symptoms, you are out of luck unless you are also morbidly obese. A few less weighty type 2 patients have taken matters into their own hands by deliberately gaining enough weight to qualify, but now there is a less drastic way to qualify for the operation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 23, 2011

March 2010

Gastric Bypass Surgery Could Be Key to Reversing Diabetes in Non-Obese Patients

A controversial New York doctor is poised to begin surgical trials on non-obese diabetes patients in an attempt to reverse their disease with gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Francesco Rubino, the chief of gastrointestinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, believes that because gastric surgery has been shown to be highly effective in remitting diabetes symptoms, the procedure should now be allowed among non-overweight type 2s.

comments 4 comments - Posted Mar 11, 2010

December 2009

Diabetes Surgery Summit Issues Call to Use Bariatric Surgery as a Type 2 Treatment

Fifty science and medical diabetes experts, representing 22 international organizations*, have issued a consensus statement that calls for bariatric surgery to be used as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. The statement, published online November 23 in the Annals of Surgery, is seen by attendees at the recent Diabetes Surgery Summit in Rome as the precursor to the establishment of a new medical discipline, "diabetes surgery."

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 4, 2009

October 2009

A Big Bone of Contention: Should Bariatric Surgery Become a Standard Type 2 Diabetes Therapy?

A recent and contentious meeting of diabetes experts at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Vienna, Austria, has continued the intense international debate over whether bariatric surgery should become a treatment for type 2 diabetes or continue to be reserved only for the extremely obese.

comments 13 comments - Posted Oct 24, 2009

June 2009

A Call to Allow More People to Undergo Bariatric Surgery

A surgeon who has been at the forefront of exploring bariatric surgery as a potentially curative treatment for type 2 diabetes is calling for it to be made accessible to more people.

comments 5 comments - Posted Jun 23, 2009

January 2009

Bypass Surgery Offers Drastic Weight Loss and Remission for Obese Type 2 Teens

In a recent study, obese teens with type 2 diabetes who underwent gastric bypass surgery not only lost a third of their weight, but also experienced the complete remission of their disease.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jan 6, 2009

October 2008

Need Gastric Bypass? Put a Sock in It! The EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner

In gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon basically lops your small intestine in two and then hooks it back up again in such a way that it's much shorter than before. With the first section of your small intestine out of commission, food flows directly from your stomach to the middle of your small intestine. When less intestine is available to absorb food, less food is absorbed, not surprisingly. It works, but it's not pretty. 

comments 3 comments - Posted Oct 20, 2008

June 2008

Interim Study Shows That Intestinal Barrier Produces Weight Loss and Type 2 Remission
Interim Study Shows That Intestinal Barrier Produces Weight Loss and Type 2 Remission

An impermeable liner inserted non-surgically into a portion of the small intestine produces rapid weight loss and remission of type 2 diabetes, according to a Montana endocrinologist.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 26, 2008

January 2008

Gastric Banding Reverses Impact of Type 2 Diabetes

A new world-first study by Monash University researchers has found gastric banding surgery has a profound impact on one of society's biggest health issues - diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 23, 2008

September 2007

Bariatric Surgery Extends Life For Very Obese People

Two large studies, both published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have just confirmed that if you're obese, weight loss surgery can make you live longer. A Swedish study tracked about 4000 obese people, about half of whom had undergone gastric bypass or lap band surgery.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 7, 2007

June 2007

Bariatric Surgery: The Operation Diet
Bariatric Surgery: The Operation Diet

Bariatric Surgery isn't just for weight loss anymore. It's been shown to be possibly curative of type 2 diabetes even in the absence of major weight loss following the surgery. Here's the rundown on how it works.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 28, 2007

February 2007

Majority of Edmonton Protocol Participants Don’t Stay Off Insulin After One Year

Despite successfully restoring insulin production and blood-glucose stability after transplantation, insulin independence is usually not sustainable after the Edmonton Protocol.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

August 2006

Bariatric Surgery Was the Answer for Annie
Bariatric Surgery Was the Answer for Annie

“I can bend over and paint my own toenails now,” says Annie, who had bariatric surgery on February 5, 2005.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

April 2002

Stomach Surgery Successfully Treats Type 2 Diabetes in Test Group

A type of weight-loss surgery called the LAP-BAND has been successful in putting type 2 diabetes in remission, according to researchers in Australia. Doctors from Monash University in Victoria found that the majority of people with type 2 diabetes who were treated with the stomach-reduction surgery achieved better blood-glucose control one year afterward. Results of the study were published in the February 2002 issue of Diabetes Care.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 1, 2002

Reader Undergoes Stomach Stapling Operation

For the first time in years, I bought something from the Misses Department, not the plus sizes!" exclaims Sue Felton, a woman of 43 who's been battling obesity and type 2 diabetes for the past five years.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2002

October 2001

Bariatric Surgery the Way To Go

A group of Brazilian researchers say bariatric surgery (stomach stapling) is the most effective therapy for extreme obesity. Their recent studies show that glucose control can also improve with the surgery.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2001

August 2001

Stomach Band Approved to Treat Obesity

On June 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a surgically implanted adjustable stomach band, called the Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System, for treating severe obesity.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2001

May 2001

Body Mass Index (BMI): What It’s For and How It’s Calculated

According to the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP), BMI—a measurement of height and weight—is the gold standard for measuring obesity.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

July 2000

New Study Shows Eight People Off Insulin After One Year

Eight people with type 1 diabetes have remained off insulin for one year. They received transplanted islets and a new drug combination, which has prevented rejection of the transplanted cells.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2000

January 1996

How Far Will You Go To Lose Weight? Gastric Bypass An Effective Option For Some People

A report published in the September 1995 issue of Annals of Surgery indicates that gastric bypass surgery can be an effective treatment for diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1996

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