Gastric bypass helps treat diabetes, but has risks

Gastric bypass helps treat diabetes, but has risks

Two years after surgery, people who have had gastric bypass have better control of their type 2 diabetes than people who did not, but also had higher risk of infections and bone fractures, according to a new international study.

“Some doctors had thought that gastric bypass could cure diabetes, but that did not happen for most of our patients,” said coauthor Dr. Charles J. Billington. “Also unexpected was the extent of complications in the bypass patients,” said Billington, of the endocrinology and diabetes division at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

 

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