Can Weight Surgery Aid People With Type 1?
Weight-loss surgery for severely obese people with type 2 diabetes can improve health, but little is known about how the procedures affect those with type 1. A small study suggests that in obese people with type 1 diabetes, weight-loss surgery can improve blood glucose control and heart health. Researchers analyzed data from 10 weight-loss surgery recipients with type 1 diabetes who had an initial average body mass index of 46 (for example, a person who is 5-foot-8 and 300 pounds). Three years after surgery, participants had lost 60 percent or more of excess body weight, improved cholesterol and blood pressure, lowered their A1Cs from 10 to 8.9 percent on average, and cut their insulin use in half. Larger studies are needed to draw any final conclusions about the role of weight-loss surgery in type 1 diabetes.
Source: Diabetes Care, March 2014