Obesity surgery can treat diabetes

Gastric banding surgery could cure up to a third of people with early-onset type-2 diabetes, according to a new clinical study.

Mr Paul Super, a gastrointestinal surgeon at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, has carried out a trial to determine the impact of obesity surgery on diabetes.

His research has revealed that more than a third of people with diabetes and a body mass index (BMI) in excess of 35 lost over a third of their excess body weight following surgery and also went into remission from diabetes within 12 months.

Patients with a lower body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 benefited even more, with 76 per cent of patients becoming free from diabetes symptoms.

Mr Super's findings have been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the expert said that the greater the degree of weight loss, the greater the control over blood glucose.

However, he noted: "The success of any weight loss surgery is dependent not just on the skills and experience of the surgical team.

"Patients must return for regular follow-ups to enable us to adjust the band according to their needs, check for any signs of complications and ensure compliance with post-operative dietary regimens," he insisted.

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