Weight Loss Surgery Could Prevent Diabetes

A new study carried out over a 15 year period found that patients who had undergone weight loss surgery had a 80% lower risk of diabetes 10 years after their surgery. 

The research into the long term effects of weight loss surgery began in 1987 with a team at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Researchers followed the results of 1,658 obese people without diabetes who elected to have weight loss surgery compared to 1,771 similar obese people who did not have surgery.

Their research has already shown a range of positive benefits of surgery to reduce excess body weight, including:

  • Reduced blood sugar levels in obese patients
  • Better results than diet and exercise in lowering risk of heart disease and death

Now researchers have revealed that weight loss surgery also reduces the risk of a diabetes diagnosis in patients not already diagnosed.

  • 7% of the patients in the surgery group developed diabetes over a 10 year period, 13% after 15 years
  • 28% of those in the non-surgery group developed diabetes in the same period, 38% after 15 years

This equates to an 80% reduction in the risk of developing diabetes among patients having bariatric surgery.

The link between weight loss surgery and diabetes has already been proven numerous times, showing that the weight loss achieved following bariatric surgery can put diabetes (type 2) into remission. However, this is the first time it has been shown to have preventative benefits.

An independent spokesperson explained:

“Type 2 diabetes is a known and relatively common obesity-related illness and a great many patients have diabetes due to excess weight.”

“We know that there are many benefits of losing that excess weight and conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnoea and hypertension can go into remission when the patient is able to lose weight.”

“Having weight loss surgery is a serious decision which should not be taken lightly or seen to be an ‘easy option.'”

“However, where sustained weight loss cannot be achieved through diet and exercise, bariatric surgery can be very helpful in aiding the weight loss process. It has been clinically proven to be effective, by helping the patient to eat less and therefore reduce body weight.”

Mr Marcus Reddy, Weight Loss Surgeon

Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, Mr Reddy, based in London and Surrey offers a range of obesity surgery procedures for overweight and obese patients. Weight loss surgery options include the gastric sleevegastric bypass and gastric band with excellent standards of aftercare and support to help patients succeed in losing the excess weight for good.

Contact Us

For further information about weight loss surgery or to book an appointment, please call 0207 100 8083 or email marcusreddy@doctors.org.uk.

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