Remission of Diabetes
For patients with type II diabetes, losing weight is an integral part of the treatment. Bariatric or metabolic surgery to treat obesity has been performed since the 1960’s and not does not only lead to permanent and significant weight loss, but improvement and often remission of the many obesity-related medical problems including diabetes. Long-term remission defined as normal blood glucose and off of diabetic medications is achieved in obese diabetics undergoing bariatric surgery in 60 – 90% of cases depending primarily on the surgical procedure.
A recent meta-analysis of the medical literature including 621 studies and 135,246 patients showed a complete remission of diabetes in 78.1% of patients. The American Diabetes Association 2009 recommends and endorses bariatric surgery for diabetics with a BMI of at least 35.
Read a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine - Bariatric Surgery versus Intensive Medical Therapy in Obese Patients with Diabetes