Weight loss surgery is proven to be more effective than medical therapy alone when it comes to treating diabetes in morbidly obese individuals.
In a study of morbidly obese individuals with diabetes, researchers compared intensive medical therapy alone versus bariatric surgery to see which treatment had the greatest impact on diabetes. Over a three-year period, patients who received bariatric surgery enjoyed significantly better outcomes versus those who received intensive medical therapy. In fact, most patients who received medical therapy alone had worse hemoglobin A1c levels (a marker of long-term blood sugar control) and required higher doses of medications as the study progressed, while a number of surgery patients were able to stop taking diabetes medications within days of the operation.
To find out more about the most effective treatment for your diabetes, or to learn more about weight loss surgery, the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery invites you to attend a free seminar. Visit dukewls.org to register for an upcoming seminar.
(*Schauer, et al. Bariatric surgery versus intensive medical therapy for diabetes: 3-year outcomes. NEJM 2014)