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Obesity surgery helps treat diabetes but carries risks: study

More than 20 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes; most are overweight or obese.  (Photo courtesy Atlanta Black Star)
More than 20 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes; most are overweight or obese. (Photo courtesy Atlanta Black Star)

[CTV NEWS]

Obesity surgery worked much better at reducing and even reversing diabetes than medication and lifestyle changes in one of the most rigorous studies of its kind. But the researchers and others warn that possible serious complications need to be considered.

The yearlong study indicates that the most common weight-loss surgery, gastric bypass, can effectively treat diabetes in patients with mild to moderate obesity — about 50 to 70 pounds overweight, the researchers reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Other studies have shown the operation can reverse diabetes in severely obese patients, although sometimes the disease comes back.

Read more at CTV News.

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