I’m Shelby Cullinan with today’s health news.
Bariatric surgery might be more effective than lifestyle changes at reversing type 2
diabetes-even for the moderately obese. A recent year-long study from the University
of Washington in Seattle suggested that the BMI requirements for bariatric surgery could
be lowered to as much as 30 for type 2 diabetes patients. The study authors found that healthy
lifestyle changes, including exercise and dieting, were drastically less effective than
bariatric surgery for reversing the disease. At the end of the study, the surgery patients
lost about 26 percent of their weight, while the lifestyle patients lost about 6 percent
of their weight. The lifestyle group did increase in exercise capacity by 22 percent, while
the surgery group did not. However, when it came to achieving the study goal of reversing
type 2 diabetes, only 6 percent of lifestyle patients succeeded compared to 60 percent
of surgery patients. According to the research team, this study could mean that bariatric
surgery could have uses beyond weight loss. For dailyRx, I’m Shelby Cullinan.