Bariatric surgery, specifically gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, improves blood sugar in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes significantly more than medical nutrition therapy alone. These are the findings from the three year follow up by the researchers in the STAMPEDE clinical trial. In the study, 150 obese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes were split into 3 groups: medical nutrition therapy, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass. The goal researchers were trying to achieve was a glycated hemoglobin (or Hgba1c) of 6% or less, which indicates well controlled blood sugar levels.
For those considering weight loss surgery, the top three choices are adjustable gastric band, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve surgeries. Each type of surgery has it’s own set of risks and benefits. In this series of blogs we will look at the benefits of adjustable gastric band surgery compared to gastric band and gastric bypass. […]
In 2012, 86 million Americans aged 20 and older had prediabetes. That is, their blood sugar levels were elevated but not yet to the range to qualify them as diabetic. In prediabetes, sugar in the blood does not respond to insulin as well as it should, or the body is not producing enough insulin to […]