Myth: Weight loss is less effective in managing diabetes than diabetic treatments.
Truth: This is false.
According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, bariatric surgery, known as weight-loss surgery, has been effective in controlling glycemic levels, reducing cardiovascular risk, and improving a patient’s quality of life.
Specifically, five years post-surgery, individuals in the surgery group illustrated improvements in quality of life, reduction in weight, triglyceride levels, cholesterol levels, and insulin dependency.
To read more about this study, click here.
- Shauer PR, Bhatt DL, Kirwin JP, et al. Bariatric surgery versus intensive medical therapy for diabetes – 5-year outcomes. The New England Journal of Medicine. February 16, 2017. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1600869