A study reported this past Monday, March 31, 2014 at the American College of Cardiology conference, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has revealed that stomach reducing “obesity surgery” has an extremely positive effect on reducing blood sugar levels and reducing the patient’s need for insulin injections.
When this study initially began, researchers and physicians dealing with the problem of “diabesity” did not hold out much hope. “Diabesity” is the ultra-dangerous combination of Type 2 diabetes and obesity, which results in very poor outcomes for most patients. In fact, patients with such a condition have traditionally been unable to produce sufficient amounts of insulin to even digest food. The available treatment has consisted mainly of a series of medications that have not fully helped to alleviate the symptoms of diabetes nor provided any meaningful hope for something resembling a cure.
Several years ago, stomach reduction surgery was floated as a means of killing two birds with one stone, namely reducing the person’s weight and reducing the person’s sugar levels. Doctors like Dr. Robert Siegel from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles were very skeptical. But the results of the recently completed three-year study have been dramatic. Over 90% of the patients that had the surgery no longer required insulin injections, whereas 55% of the patients in the medication group still required insulin shots. Dr. Siegel has stated that he “did not dream” of such effects from the surgery.
The study’s lead authors are hoping to begin implementing the surgery nationwide, in an attempt to combat the epidemic that is the combination of obesity and diabetes.
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