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Bariatric surgery cuts hyperglycaemia in diabetes more than drugs alone, study finds

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j857 (Published 17 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j857
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Bariatric surgery plus intensive medical therapy is more effective than drug treatment alone in reducing or even resolving hyperglycaemia in overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes, five year results from a randomised trial have shown.1

Researchers randomly assigned 150 patients with type 2 diabetes (mean glycated haemoglobin 9.2%+1.5%) and a body mass index of 27-43 to treatment with intensive medical therapy alone or to bariatric surgery plus drug treatment. Surgery involved either Roux en Y gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

Five year results, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine,1 …

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