Gastric Bypass Surgery for Type 2 Diabetes



Surgeons found out that a form of gastric bypass for Type 2 diabetes people showed that some of these patients no longer had diabetes after the surgery. Duodenal exclusion is the name of the surgery and was done on Type 2 diabetes patients between the ages of 20 and 30. These patients had a BMI of between 22 and 34 kg/m squared. The upper small intestine was removed, leading to the stomach feeding directly into the mid-small intestine. What does this mean? There is a reduction in the time that the body has to take in the calories from the food. Dr. Iain Frame, the research manager at Diabetes UK, said that is not easy to make any firm conclusion from this study because it has a small number of subjects which is seven. Out of these only two cases have been followed up.

Since the food intake has been considerably reduced, one explanation could be that the insulin the patients were still producing, enabled them to cope. Another explanation could be that perhaps deflecting the food away from certain parts of the intestine may have changed how the hormones work. The advice is to consider surgery only as a last option especially because one can lose weight and prevent diabetes by eating healthy foods along with exercise.