Bariatric Surgery for Type 2 Prevention
The future of type 2 diabetes prevention may include bariatric surgery. A study looked at more than 3,400 very obese adults without diabetes who underwent surgery (banding, vertical banded gastroplasty, or gastric bypass) or received usual care. Those who had bariatric surgery were 78 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes during the 15-year study than their peers who had received typical care. Participants with elevated fasting glucose—levels higher than normal but not high enough to warrant a diabetes diagnosis—were more likely to develop diabetes and, the researchers say, benefited most from the surgery. About 15 percent of participants, however, had at least one complication from the surgery.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 23, 2012