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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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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