Can Weight-Loss Surgery Cure Diabetes?

A U.S. News article features three patients who had bariatric surgery to address long-term struggles with diabetes. The article reports “the U.S. is in the midst of twin epidemics – obesity and diabetes – according to the [ASMBS].”

Dr. Stacy Brethauer, from the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric, discusses how metabolic and bariatric surgery improves or resolves diabetes, noting studies have shown nearly one-quarter of patients have complete remission of their diabetes and another quarter have partial remission. “Weight loss and particularly massive weight loss has a really powerful effect on diabetes improvement,” Dr. Brethauer comments. He adds there’s something about the surgery in itself that undermines diabetes, independent of the effect of reducing pounds, “we see improvement in the diabetes earlier than the weight loss in many of these patients.”

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