Weight loss surgery lowers diabetes risk

Weight loss surgery helps lower numbers on the scale and it also may lower the risk for type 2 diabetes by almost 80 percent, reports a study published in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Researchers monitored 2,167 adults with obesity who underwent bariatric (weight loss) surgery and compared them to 2,167 people with obesity who did not have the surgery. In people who had the surgery, there were 38 cases of diabetes compared to 177 cases of diabetes in people who did not have the surgery.

In the U.K., where the research was done, surgery is considered a viable option for people with a BMI above 35 who also have other health conditions.  But  British health officials have drafted new guidelines arguing that because of the impact in reducing diabetes, much thinner people should be considered for the surgery on a case-by-case basis and that people with a BMI over 35 should automatically be considered for surgery.

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