Honor Whiteman, MEDICAL NEWS TODAY
(Medical News Today) — A new study suggests weight-loss surgery combined with low-level lifestyle interventions may be a more effective treatment strategy for obese patients with type 2 diabetes than lifestyle interventions alone.
Dr. Anita P. Courcoulas, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA, and colleagues publish their findings in JAMA Surgery.
Excess weight is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes; more than 90% of people who have type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.
It is recommended that obese patients with type 2 diabetes adopt lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, to help manage or treat their condition. But recently, studies have suggested weight-loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, may be just as effective as lifestyle interventions and medical therapy for obese patients with type 2 diabetes