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What is metabolic surgery for diabetes?

Some hospitals offer a new type of surgery known as metabolic surgery. By surgically modifying the digestive system (with gastric bypass), surgeons have been able to reduce the severity of or eliminate Type 2 diabetes in obese patients.

This program is based on work with morbidly obese patients, where doctors discovered that 90% of morbidly obese patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery experienced a reversal of diabetes – often within days to weeks of the surgery, and apparently independent of weight loss.

Doctors also conducting clinical trials to treat Type 2 diabetes in patients with moderate to mild obesity, or no obesity at all.

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