Weight-loss surgery can cure many obese people -- perhaps more than 60% of them -- of their diabetes, at least in the short term, suggests a new analysis of several studies.
Though previous research had suggested that weight-loss surgery could reverse diabetes, researchers from the Netherlands have formalized the evidence a bit through a review of nine studies published in the June Archives of Surgery.
Among the studies included in the analysis, 424 people with Type 2 diabetes underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, in which the surgeon creates a small pouch in the stomach that restricts food intake and bypasses part of the small intestines to cut down on absorption. Within days of the surgery, 83% of the subjects could stop taking diabetes medications.
And among 211 patients who had adjustable gastric banding, in which a silicon band is fitted around the stomach to restrict food intake, 62% could stop taking their diabetes medications in the months after surgery, researchers said.