Surgery, Lifestyle Changes Help Obese Patients With Diabetes
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A new study suggests weight-loss surgery combined with lifestyle changes may be a more effective treatment for obese patients with type-two diabetes compared to the changes alone.
According to the research, many study participants who had the surgery followed by altering their lifestyle saw their diabetes go into remission.
Some who only changed their eating and exercise habits saw no remission at all.
The researchers caution they are not saying surgery is a treatment for the illness; only that those who had the surgery saw more improvements in their diabetes, compared to those who just changed their lifestyle.
Type-two diabetes is the most common form of the disease, and is often linked to obesity.
The researchers studied 61 people between the ages of 25 and 55 with type-two diabetes.
This new research can be found in the journal of the American Medical Association, Surgery.