This is a great article that is narrated by the author that talks about a couple of great studies that were just published showing how effective surgical weight loss can be for curing diabetes.
Both of these studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, one from Cleveland (the STAMPEDE study) and one from Italy.
Both showed very impressive results for overweight or obese patients and their ability to come of their diabetes medications. Neither of the studies looked at adjustable gastric band (Lap Band / Realize Band). The STAMPEDE study looked at sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) and gastric bypass, while the Italian study looked at gastric bypass and a more aggressive small bowel bypass.
I believe that we will see more patients coming for surgery who are diabetics, and maybe we will start thinking of this as diabetes surgery instead of weight loss surgery!
Trace Curry MD