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Gastric Bypass Surgery beneficial for Obese Diabetic Teens

A recent study gives good news to extremely obese diabetic teens. According to the report, the operation known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass could result in significant weight loss leading to reduced cardiovascular disease in obese teens with diabetes.

Dr. Thomas H. Inge from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio said that type 2 diabetes mellitus is related to various diseases like obesity, dyslipidemia, and hypertension. “Surgical weight loss has resulted in a marked reduction of these risk factors in adults. We hypothesized that gastric bypass would improve parameters of metabolic dysfunction and cardiovascular risk in adolescents with type 2 diabetes mellitus.”

For one year, the researchers compared medical conditions between the 11 extremely obese diabetic adolescents who underwent the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the other 67 adolescents who are merely diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus and were treated medically.

Immediately right after surgery, 10 out of the 11 obese participants showed remission of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Drops in their BMI, glucose levels, insulin concentrations, hemoglobin levels, insulin sensitivity, serum lipid levels, and blood pressure were also recorded.

“Although the long-term efficacy of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is not known, these findings suggest that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is an effective option for the treatmentof extremely obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes mellitus,” Dr. Inge said. “In selected cases, surgical weight loss seems to provide an effective method to reverse adverse health outcomes, at least for the short-term.”

The team also hypothesizes that earlier rather than later surgical intervention in selected subjects may be an effective method for providing tight control of hyperglycemia, and thus preventing adverse health outcomes in the long-term.

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