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Eliminating Obesity Might Eliminate Type 2 Diabetes

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Diabetes Forecast Magazine releases another study that reveals how obesity surgery can be a “cure” for type 2 diabetes. Numerous reports about the connection between obesity and type 2 diabetes say that diabetes will most likely double by 2020 or 2025 because obesity will likely double by that time. Researchers are now devising ways to eliminate obesity with gastric bypass surgery, thus eliminating diabetes in those patients.

The American Diabetes Association supports a gastric bypass surgery option for type 2 diabetes patients that have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 and over. The ADA claim researchers are divided between patients with lower BMIs or who under the age of 18 because of the surgery risks involved. There is still much to learn about this type of surgery because they are still unsure about the long-term effects.

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Brad Wilk, drummer for Rage Against the Machine, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about 12 years ago. The band is known for being highly political and greatly involved with issues that concern them. An interview with Wilk is featured in this same issue of Diabetes Forecast Magazine, he stated “Be proud of who you are, and don’t let this disease keep you from doing what you want to do – unless, of course, you want to be a professional pie-eating contestant. [In that case] I would say find another passion.”

The next serious question on a patient's mind is how bariatric surgery can help them, which the magazine states is “no easy answer.” Weight loss by any means is known to improve glucose levels, making the benefits from the surgery a possible direct result from the weight loss itself.

Other things could contribute to the glucose improvements however. “The GLP-1 hormone, the suppression of an agent that spurs the development of high blood glucose, or the shortened digestive tract, leading to less contact with food.” Researchers aren't exactly sure.

Written by Amy Munday