Some gastric bypass patients see diabetes recur
Type 2 diabetes is often cured by gastric bypass, a form of obesity surgery that creates a short-cut for food in the gut and leads to substantial weight loss. But a new study finds that 14 of 66 gastric bypass patients who had thrown away their diabetes drugs after the operation saw the condition return two to five years later. Yessica Ramos, an internist at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, reported that these patients saw the recurrence even though on average they maintained most of their weight loss. These 14 patients were more likely than patients who remained diabetes-free after the procedure to have had the disease for more than five years before surgery. Patients with long-term diabetes may have suffered more damage to insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas than the other patients, Ramos said. — Nathan Seppa
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