Weight loss key to normal glucose

THE study in 89 patients with diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery showed that 61% of those who lost more than 25kg achieved HbA1c less than 6.1%, compared with 41% in the group who lost less than 25kg.

Diabetes was reversed in 62% of patients who had diabetes less than four years, 56% in those who had diabetes for between four and eight years, and in 26% who had diabetes more than eight years.

There was very little change in HbA1c in those with long-standing diabetes who did not lose more than 25kg.

Diabetic Medicine 2014; online 12 Sept