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Weight-loss surgery can lower you risk of type 2 diabetes

According to a study published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, people who undergo weight-loss surgery can lower their risk of suffering from type 2 diabetes by around 80 percent.

For the study, researchers involved about 2,167 over-weight adults who did not have diabetes who were were compared to 2,167 participants in control group. All 2, 167 in the non-control group underwent a weight loss surgery, either laparoscopic adjustable banding, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric bypass, staring from the year 2002. The participants were followed up for a period of seven years. During follow-up, 38 new diagnoses of diabetes among participants who had weight loss surgery were recorded, compared with 177 in control participants.

More than 80 percent of adults with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. 'Our results suggest that bariatric (weight loss) surgery may be a highly effective method of preventing the onset of diabetes in men and women with severe obesity,' said Martin Gulliford, professor at King's College London in Britain.

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We need to understand how weight loss surgery can be used, together with interventions to increase physical activity and promote healthy eating, as part of an overall diabetes prevention strategy, he added. Using electronic health records from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, the researchers assessed the effect of contemporary surgical weight loss procedures on the development of diabetes. (Read: 5 foods that all diabetics should avoid)

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Compared with controls, diabetes incidence was reduced by about 80 percent in participants who had surgery, even after controlling for other important factors including smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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With inputs from IANS

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