Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) offers numerous benefits for obese patients, including improved cardiovascular health and a boost in self-esteem. New evidence points to another potential benefit to weight loss surgery: remission of type 2 diabetes. Statewide Bariatrics, serving Ocean and Monmouth County patients, shares what a recent study found and what it could mean for diabetic and weight loss surgery patients.
What the Study Found
In the past, numerous studies have found that bariatric surgery can help manage type 2 diabetes, but none were unable to identify a reason for this, until one recent study. Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University looked at the effects of vertical sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery), which reshapes the stomach into a tube, on mice. Researchers found that following bariatric surgery, the number of GLP-1 hormones and receptors in beta cells (which are responsible for creating insulin) increased. GLP-1 (which stands for glucagon-like peptide-1) helps the cells produce more insulin and better regulate levels of blood sugar (glucose) in the body. Essentially, no high levels of blood sugar means no type 2 diabetes.
Bethany Cummings, assistant professor of biomedical sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine and senior author of the study, believes that continuing to study the effects of bariatric surgery is critical to finding or identifying less invasive treatments for type 2 diabetes, especially for individuals who do not wish to undergo bariatric surgery or are not eligible candidates.
“The ultimate goal here is to define how the surgery works so we can develop a drug that mimics the effect of surgery. Developing such a drug will bypass the risk and expense of bariatric surgery to make the benefits of this surgery more widely available,” said Cummings.
Contact Stafford Surgical Specialists Today
If you are overweight, diabetic and considering bariatric surgery, schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our weight loss surgeons. Our team will be happy to discuss your candidacy and treatment options for a happier and healthier you. Contact Stafford Surgical Specialists by calling (609) 978-3325 or emailing our office today.