Bariatric surgery is an increasingly more common operation for people with diabetes . A recent major study found that the procedure is as safe as other routine operations, with two further studies confirming that it has the ability to stave off diabetes over a long term period.
A research team at the Duke University Medical Center used data from the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database (BOLD), using data from almost 60,000 patients. Just 10 per cent faced complications . He study was presented at the annual meeting for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Lead author Dr. DeMaria reportedly commented: “This is further evidence, using the world’s largest collection of information about bariatric surgery, to support that it is a safe and valuable treatment option for patients who suffer from morbid obesity .”
Dr. James Maher was reported as saying: “The big thing we got from this study was the earlier you got these patients for gastric bypass and the earlier they were referred during the course of their diabetes, the better their chance for diabetes control .”

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