Experts Reveal that Weight Loss Surgery Can Reverse Diabetes

Dec 10, 2015 08:02 AM EST | By Pao Uychiat

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Obesity is one of the major health problems all over the world. When you are obese and overweight, it also comes with a lot of diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and more. People in this generation always make sure to live a healthier lifestyle and food choices as well. However, as many of us are aware that gaining weight is easy but shedding the extra pounds is the hardest. Some people would just opt for the the easier and faster way, which is surgery. An article in Times of India said that losing even less than a gram of fat can reverse diabetes.

Roy Taylor and a team of researchers from Newcastle University in England said that people with type 2 diabetes, losing weight allow them to shed the excess fat out of the pancreas which makes it function normally. He added that, "so if you ask how much weight you need to lose to make your diabetes go away, the answer is one gram! But that gram needs to be fat from the pancreas. At present the only way we have to achieve this is by calorie restriction by any means -- whether by diet or an operation."

There were 27 people who joined the trial. All 18 of them have type 2 diabetes and other 9 people didn't have. The people who didn't have diabetes were measured for weight, fat levels in the pancreas and insulin response, before and after the bariatric surgery. The people with Type-2 diabetes were found to have increased levels of fat in the pancreas.

All participants had been selected to have the gastric bypass surgery for obesity. They were measured before the surgery and 8 weeks after the surgery as well.

After the surgery, people with type 2 diabetes were taken off the medication right away. Both groups lost the same amount of weight which is more or less 13 percent of their original body weight. The fat in the pancreas didn't change in levels for the people who didn't have diabetes. However, for the group with type 2 diabetes, the level of fat decreased to a normal level.

This simply means that the excess fat in the pancreas is only for type 2 diabetic patients and keeping it in a normal level is important in preventing insulin being made normal. The researchers added that when the excess fat is removed, insulin secretion then becomes normal which means that people can be diabetes free.

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