Gastric bypass surgery may be beneficial to diabetics

It is well known that it's possible to send type 2 diabetes into remission. A proper diet and plenty of exercise are the two most effective methods for overcoming the metabolic condition. However, for those who are significantly overweight, this may not be enough.

For those who have tried diet and exercise unsuccessfully, weight loss surgery may be the next step. Numerous investigations have shown that this process significantly improves metabolic function, and many people who undergo the procedure are able to completely resolve their diabetes.

A recent study out of the University of Utah showed just how effective gastric bypass surgery can be. A team of researchers from the school enrolled 400 morbidly obese individuals into the study. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 60 percent of individuals who received the weight loss surgery saw their type 2 diabetes go into remission. Only about 1 percent of those who did not receive surgery resolved their condition.

The researchers told the news source that everyone should first try to lose weight through diet and exercise, but if this is not effective, gastric bypass surgery may be a viable option.

This is not the first study to find that weight loss surgery enables type 2 diabetics to resolve their condition. A recent study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine showed very similar results.

However, in that investigation the researchers showed that many people who were able to send their diabetes into remission experienced these metabolic improvements before they lost any weight. This suggests that the procedure causes changes to the metabolic system beyond simple weight loss. The team proposed that gastric bypass surgery lowers levels of circulating amino acids that may contribute to insulin resistance.

Surgery is always a major medical procedure and the decision to undergo a weight loss procedure should not be made lightly. However, for individuals who have already tried dieting and exercising with little success, a gastric bypass may be their best hope for making metabolic improvements.