Weight Loss Surgery Cuts Diabetes Risk

Weight loss surgery is twice as effective as lifestyle changes at preventing type 2 diabetes in people who are obese, a new study found.

The Swedish study followed more than 3,400 obese men and women, roughly half of whom had bariatric surgery, for up to 15 years. It found that bariatric surgery reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 78 percent – double the effect of diet and exercise alone.

“Bariatric surgery appears to be markedly more efficient than usual care in the prevention of type 2 diabetes in obese persons,” Dr. Lena Carlsson from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, wrote in the study, published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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