Diabetes treatment by dietary changes as effective as surgery

Diabetes treatment by dietary changes as effective as surgery

Type II diabetics who change their diet will come up with the same blood glucose levels as those who opted for surgery – which would you choose? Changing diet or having a surgeon cut you open?

“For years, the question has been whether it is the bariatric surgery or a change in diet that causes the diabetes to improve so rapidly after surgery. We found that the reduction of patients’ caloric intake following bariatric surgery is what leads to the major improvements in diabetes, not the surgery itself. We found that the success of bariatric surgery is mediated through its ability to control food intake, which in turn has a beneficial effect on diabetes.”
Dr. Ildiko Lingvay, assistant professor of internal medicine

Patients were followed in a controlled, inpatient setting during two separate times.

During each of these observations, eating 2,000 calories or less, showed fasting blood glucose levels reduced 21% on average.

This indicates that it is the diet given to patients after bariatric surgery that is accountable for the quick diabetes remission, which usually occurs within days of the operation – not the surgery.

Study by Ildiko Lingvay, Eve Guth, and Edward Livingston from UT Southwestern Medical Center; “Rapid Improvement of Diabetes After Gastric Bypass Surgery Is It the Diet or Surgery?” as published in Diabetes Care 2013; doi: 10.2337/dc12-2316. As reported by medicalnewstoday.com on April 6, 2013.

Full article: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/258704.php

Posted: Monday 29 April 2013