Long-Lasting Weight Loss After Surgery
Many people who have bariatric surgery keep the weight off for up to 10 years, a new study of 1,787 veterans found. They underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, which makes the stomach smaller (so it holds less food) and bypasses some of the small intestine so it absorbs fewer calories. The majority of the vets lost more than 20 percent of their total weight, and many lost more than 30 percent. After 10 years, most of them had kept the weight off—only 3 percent returned to their starting weight. Other studies have found that bariatric surgery can also reduce blood glucose levels and lead to type 2 diabetes remission, but those studies followed people for a shorter amount of time.
Source: JAMA Surgery, published online Aug. 31, 2016