Posted - November 16, 2009

Weight Loss Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes Remission

Recent scientific studies have shown that weight loss surgery may help treat some cases of Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that is typically associated with obesity. It is commonly treated with a weight loss plan of diet and exercise as well as insulin injections. However, new evidence suggests that weight loss surgery may be a very effective way of treating mild cases of Type 2 diabetes.

A recent study focused on 60 people with Type 2 diabetes who had lap-band surgery. Of the 60 participants in the study, 73% showed no signs of Type 2 diabetes after having the weight loss surgery. In effect, the disease had gone into remission after patients were able to lose weight with lap-band surgery.

In order to be effective in combating the disease, the weight loss surgery should be performed as early as possible. Surgery is most effective in patients who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the last two years. Weight loss surgery also is only believed to cause remission of symptoms in patients with a mild case of diabetes. People suffering with severe or long-term diabetes should not expect weight loss surgery to cause a remission of Type 2 diabetes.