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CNN describes how LAP-BAND surgery helps cure Diabetes!  Go ahead and search for this statement on the internet.  There are articles about this wonderful new finding everywhere.  We have been telling you this for years.  Our online videos are full of testimonies from weight loss surgery patients who have cured themselves of Type 2 Diabetes.  Think about it.  You can get a weight loss surgery that can make you a thin, healthy, active person and it can also prevent and cure you of an insidious disease that will shorten your life.  Look good and get rid of a disease…it only makes sense.

Weight loss surgery seen as potential diabetes cure

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Story Highlights

  • Study: weight loss surgery more likely than standard care to rid patients of the disease
  • Study is first to directly compare weight loss surgery vs. standard care in diabetes patients
  • More research needed to see how long remission lasts, who benefits most
  • Expert: “This opens an entirely new way of thinking about the disease”

A small new study gives the strongest evidence yet that weight loss surgery can cure diabetes.

Patients who had weight loss surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs were five times more likely to see their diabetes disappear over the next two years than were patients who had standard care, according to Australian researchers.

Most of the weight loss surgery patients were able to stop taking diabetes drugs and achieve normal blood tests.

“It’s the best therapy for the disease that we have today, and it’s very low risk,” said Dr. John Dixon of Monash University Medical School in Melbourne, Australia, lead author of the study, which involved 55 patients.

The weight loss surgery performed was the Lap-band, a procedure more common in Australia than in the United States, where gastric bypass, or stomach stapling, predominates.

Diabetes study favors weight loss surgery to treat obesity

The New York Times (excerpt):

Weight-loss surgery works much better than standard medical therapy as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes in obese people, the first study to compare the two approaches has found.

The study, of 60 patients, showed that 73 percent of those who had weight loss surgery had complete remissions, meaning all signs of the disease went away. By contrast, the remission rate was only 13 percent in those given conventional treatment, which included intensive counseling on diet and exercise for weight loss, and, when needed, medicines like insulin, metformin and other drugs.

In the study, weight loss surgery worked better because patients who had it lost much more pounds than the medically treated group did — 20.7 percent versus 1.7 percent of their body weight, on average. Type 2 diabetes is usually brought on by obesity, and patients can often lessen the severity of the disease, or even get rid of it entirely, by losing about 10 percent of their body weight. Though many people can lose that many pounds, few can keep it off without weight loss surgery. (Type 1, a much less common form of the disease, involves the immune system and is not linked to obesity.)

But the new results probably do not apply to all weight loss surgery patients with Type 2 diabetes,because the people in the study had fairly mild cases with a recent onset; all had received the diagnosis within the previous two years. In people who have more severe and longstanding diabetes, the disease may no longer be reversible, no matter how many pounds are lost.

The operation used in the study, Lap-band surgery, is performed through small slits and loops a band around the top of the stomach to cinch it into a small pouch so that people eat less and yet feel full. Other weight-loss surgeries are more extreme and involve cutting or stapling the stomach and rearranging the small intestine. Of the 205,000 operations performed in the United States last year, 25 percent to 30 percent used Lap-band surgery.

Remission of Type 2 diabetes after weight-loss surgery is not a new finding; doctors have known about it for years. But the new research is the first effort to find out scientifically how it measures up against medical treatment in similar groups of patients with the disease.

The study reflects a growing interest among researchers in using an operation specifically to treat Type 2 diabetes, even in people who are not as obese as those who typically undergo operations to lose weight. The new thrust is in some sense a measure of desperation, as the United States and the world face increasing rates of the disease and its devastating complications, which can include heart attacks, blindness, kidney failure and amputation. To many doctors, the time is ripe for studying a weight loss operation as a potential cure for the disease, and also as way to understand it better and develop better drugs to treat it.

Medical societies in the United States and abroad that once called their specialty bariatric surgery, a term that refers to weight loss, have started adding the word “metabolic” to their titles to emphasize the new focus on diabetes.

“I think diabetes surgery will become common within the next few years,” said Dr. John Dixon, the lead author of the study and an obesity researcher at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where the research was conducted…

…The editorial, by weight loss doctors not involved in the study, said, “The insights already beginning to be gained by studying surgical interventions for diabetes may be the most profound since the discovery of insulin.”

A researcher who is not a weight loss surgeon and was not part of the research, Dr. Rudolph L. Leibel, co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center, said the study was important because it showed that a minimally invasive type of weight loss surgery could reverse diabetes.

“At this point,” Dr. Leibel said, “maybe we should be more accepting or responsive to the idea of surgical intervention for reducing or prevention of diabetes and its complications.”…

…Dr. Francesco Rubino, director of the metabolic operation program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, also said that the criteria for a bariatric operation should be changed so that it could be offered to diabetes patients early enough to reverse the disease…

Grady, Denise. Diabetes Study Favors Surgery to Treat Obese – The New York Times. 01/03/08

Diabetes Up, Obesity to Blame

WebMD (excerpt):

Oversized Bodies Feeding Flames of Diabetes Epidemic

A new study spells out why Americans suffer more diabetes than ever before: O-B-E-S-I-T-Y.

There’s a diabetes epidemic in the U.S. There’s also an obesity epidemic. Could it be a coincidence? Not likely.

The new study, which included CDC statistician Linda S. Geiss, looks only at newly diagnosed diabetes cases. It shows that indeed more and more people do have diabetes. And after accounting for other things that affect the disease, the study shows that people with type 2 diabetes overwhelmingly tend to have one thing in common: being obese or overweight.

“This study confirms that obesity is a major factor in the increase in diabetes,” Geiss tells WebMD.

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