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Surgery outperforms other treatment options for obesity, finds analysis

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6362 (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6362
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Obese patients who undergo bariatric surgery lose more weight and are more likely to achieve remission from type 2 diabetes than those who try to lose weight by other means, a meta-analysis has found.

The authors said that their analysis showed that surgery was more efficient than dieting, exercise, lifestyle change, and drug treatment for obesity for up to two years of follow-up, although further research was needed to look at differences beyond that time.

They conducted the systematic review and meta-analysis, they said, because more research had been published …

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