Basis of diabetes surgery

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Basis of diabetes surgery: How Diabetes surgery works

Gastro-intestinal surgery is known to be the most effective and long lasting treatment for morbid obesity and many related conditions, but now mounting evidence suggests it may be among the most effective treatments for metabolic syndrome and conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and obstructive sleep apnea.

New research indicates that Gastro-Intestinal surgery may improve insulin resistance and secretion by mechanisms independent of weight loss – most likely involving changes in gastrointestinal hormones.  Many patients with type 2 diabetes experience complete remission within days of surgery, long before significant weight comes off.  This has led to new thinking that Gastro-intestinal metabolic surgery may also be appropriate for diabetic individuals who are of normal weight or only slightly overweight.