Bariatric surgery delivers benefit in type 2 diabetes

Findings suggest the procedure shouldn't be seen as 'a last resort': lead author

Among patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity, bariatric surgery is associated with a significant reduction in the rate of subsequent major cardiovascular events, researchers say.

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The US study found the patients who had weight loss surgery were about 39% less likely to experience events including unstable angina, myocardial infarction, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease or death from any cause over median follow-up of 3.9 years.

The patients also benefitted from better diabetes control and a reduction in the need for medication.

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