Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

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An overweight person eats in London, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007. Britain's health secretary called Wednesday for a fundamental shift in the way the nation tackles obesity after a study said dramatic action was required to stop the majority of the population from becoming obese by 2050. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

KMOV.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:13 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.

Longer follow-up from a major study shows that stomach-reducing operations are better than medications for treating “diabesity,” the deadly duo of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Millions of Americans have this and can’t make enough insulin or use what they do make to process food.

After three years, blood-sugar levels were normal in 38 percent and 25 percent of two groups given surgery, but in only 5 percent of those treated with medications.

Doctors won’t call it a cure because they can’t guarantee diabetes will never return, but they hope for long-term remission.

The study was discussed Monday at a cardiology conference in Washington.

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