Can Weight Loss Surgery Help Fight Diabetes?

A yellow tape measureThough it began as a treatment for something else entirely, gastric bypass surgery — which involves shrinking the stomach as a way to lose weight — has proven to be the latest and possibly most effective treatment for some people with type 2 diabetes.

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Just days after the surgery, even before they start to lose weight, people with type 2 diabetes see sudden improvement in their blood sugar levels. Many are able to quickly come off their diabetes medications.

“This is not a silver bullet,” said Dr. Vadim Sherman, medical director of bariatric and metabolic surgery at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. “The silver bullet is lifestyle changes, but gastric bypass is a tool that can help you get there.”