Friday, June 20, 2008

Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass Is Key to Easing Diabetes

“Weight loss plays a major role in improving diabetes after obese patients have stomach-reduction surgery, say Duke University Medical Center researchers. Previous studies have suggested that gastric bypass surgery- which re-routes how food is sent from the stomach to the small intestine- helps improve diabetes by causing changes in the way hormones are secreted from the gut and pancreas. But the metabolic effects shouldn't overshadow the importance of losing weight after surgery, the Duke team said. ‘Yes, there are physiologic changes related to the restructuring of the gastrointestinal or GI tract that appear to influence the rapid improvement in diabetes following gastric bypass. But our study shows the patients who were able to get off medications completely and go into remission were the ones who lost the most weight,’ Dr. Eric DeMaria, director of bariatric surgery at Duke University Medical Center, said in prepared statement.”

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