Microvascular benefit with bariatric surgery

For obese patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery is not only associated with improved blood sugar control but also appears to help prevent microvascular complications, a study shows.

"Not all patients will be interested in bariatric surgery to treat their [type 2 diabetes], but providers should engage all patients with [type 2 diabetes] and a BMI of 35 kg/m2 or higher in a shared decision-making conversation about the benefits and risks of bariatric procedures," write the researchers, led by Dr David Arterburn, of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research