Weight loss surgery is often viewed as the last resort for people who have been unable to drop unwanted pounds through diet and exercise, but a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine proves it may also be the most efficient way to cure type 2 diabetes!
After assigning participants with severe cases of type 2 diabetes one of three treatments — either gastric bypass surgery, bilopancreatic diversion surgery (BPD), or medication paired with diet and exercise — researchers found 95% of the diabetes cases in people who underwent BPD went into FULL remission! Similarly, 75% of the cases went into remission after gastric bypass, while NONE of the cases went into remission by using medication and lifestyle changes.
Surprisingly, it’s not the weight loss that affects the diabetes either, as study leader Dr. Francesco Rubino explained:
“We found that the change in the anatomy of the stomach and intestines can improve diabetes directly. The stomach and intestine are not just there for absorption of nutrience. They also serve as an endocrine organ and make dozens of hormones. Those hormones are directly relevant to the regulation of the body’s insulin.”
Although Dr. Rubino describes his findings as an “unprecedented effect that we’ve never seen in diabetes before,” fit diabetes sufferers should not be in any rush to go under the knife. He continued:
“I would not recommend the surgery for diabetic patients who are non-obese yet, but that’s the goal of the next few years.”
Big or small, the doctor declares, “This is great news for all diabetics in the world.”
We’d say so! It sounds like science is on the verge of a breakthrough treatment for a disease that affects millions of Americans!