A study conducted at Catholic University of Rome found a 75 percent remission rate of the disease after gastric bypass and an astounding 95 percent rate following biliopancreatic diversion - a surgery not performed in the United States. Both surgeries effectively shrink the stomach, altering the transition into the small intestine and the digestion of food. A similar study in Cleveland showed 42 percent rate for gastric bypass. The results may lie heavily in the hands of the surgeon, as these surgeries were all performed by those at the top of their field and it is yet to be seen if it the same result is found by a larger sample. However, 200,000 bariatric surgeries are performed each year so even modest results could have a resounding positive influence over the control of diabetes.
Posted by James Fargnoli (A)