Bariatric Surgery Bests Medical Therapy In Treating Diabetes
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
The findings come from two studies, including the randomized STAMPEDE trial, funded by Johnson & Johnson and the National Institutes of Health, comparing medical therapy with two forms of surgical treatment – gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.
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At 15 years of follow-up in the Swedish Obese Subjects study, 110 bariatric surgery patients had developed type 2 diabetes versus 392 non-surgery patients in the control group, corresponding to incidence rates of 6.8 cases and 28.4 cases per 1,000 person-years, respectively.
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