Type 2 diabetes ‘cut’ after weight-loss surgery


“The UK’s first large-scale study on the impact of weight-loss surgery has reported a large reduction in type 2 diabetes and other health problems.

A year after surgery, the cases of type 2 diabetes fell by 50%, and on average patients lost nearly 60% of their excess weight, the National Bariatric Surgery Registry said.

It examined the impact of 7,045 operations carried out over two years.”

Sounds very impressive, until you think about it. Take a morbidly obese person, cut them open, scoop out gallons of fat, and wait a year. Yes, I said a year. This is based on one-year follow-up data. On average patients lost nearly 60% of their excess weight? Well, yes, they would have, that’s what the operation did. That’s like doing a study on 10 men who had their beards shaved off, and reporting two days later that they had virtually no facial hair. Wait five years or ten years and see what happens to these people before implying that this is a triumph of modern medicine.


The obvious point is that this does nothing to address what got these people to this stage in the first place, nor what’s going to stop it happening again. The interesting bit, though, lies in the title. Type 2 diabetes or NIDD (non-insulin dependent diabetes), used to be called adult-onset diabetes, except that people are getting it younger and younger. It occurs when the pancreas cannot keep up with the demands on it to process glucose in the bloodstream. It is encouraging that it can often be sparked back into life in this way.

The above with respect and thanks to Hypnotherapist Jack Raymond.

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