Harvard Medical School and University of Pittsburgh Studies Link Weight Loss Surgery with Positive Outcomes in the Treatment of Type-2 Diabetes

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Physicians at the Plastic Surgery Institute of California Comment on Findings Published in JAMA Surgery and Annuls of Surgery Regarding Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes

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“Diabetes affects so many Americans, and we're thrilled to be working in an area of the medical field that can give a second chance to those suffering from the disease."

Three recent studies have added to a growing body of data regarding the relationship between diabetes and weight loss surgery. The studies, which were performed by the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, found that blood sugar levels were more likely to improve among participants who undergone a surgical weight loss procedure when compared with those who had not. In one study, a year after surgery, "half of gastric bypass patients and about one-quarter of the gastric banding group had at least partial remission of their diabetes, meaning their blood sugar levels were closer to the normal range and they didn’t need diabetes medications."

Details and findings from the studies published in 2014 in JAMA Surgery:
-http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1876616 (July 1, 2014-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Florida Hospital Translational Research Institute, Duquesne University, Wake Forest School of Medicine)
-http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1876617 (July 1, 2014-Harvard Medical School)

In the study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 61 obese people with diabetes were grouped and randomly assigned gastric bypass or gastric banding surgery. Others were randomly assigned to complete a full weight control program. After a year, half of those undergoing gastric bypass surgery and about 25% of those undergoing gastric banding experienced "at least partial remission of their diabetes." Conversely, no study participants in the non-surgery group saw diabetic condition go into remission. Similar results were found in the Harvard-based study. Both studies were published by JAMA Surgery.

“Weight loss surgery should not be looked at as a panacea by any means. But the more research that is done the more clearly we understand that there is an ever-growing list of benefits to those who are willing to undergo weight loss surgery and make lifestyle changes." Dr. Mazin Al-Hakeem, a practicing physician at the Plastic Surgery Institute of California. “Diabetes affects so many Americans, and we're thrilled to be working in an area of the medical field that can give a second chance to those suffering from the disease."

The Advanced Surgical Institute, located in Huntington Beach, California, is one of Southern California’s most well-known and respected health care facilities. The Institute offers plastics, weight loss surgery and post weight loss plastic surgery through its surgery centers in Huntington Beach and Rancho Cucamonga. The Institute also offers a additional consultation center in Beverly Hills. Among other services, the Institute’s cosmetic surgical options include breast enhancement, liposuction, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers and rhinoplasty. Also, its weight loss surgery options include gastric band, beltplasty (body lift), gastric bypass, vertical Sleeve gastrectomy, standard Sleeve gastrectomy, spider Sleeve gastrectomy, longitudinal Sleeve gastrectomy, gastric restrictive surgery procedures. For more information log to plasticsurgeryinstituteofcalifornia.com or call (714) 969-2520.

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