Bariatric surgery cuts hyperglycaemia in diabetes more than drugs alone, study findsBMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j857 (Published 17 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j857
- Susan Mayor
Bariatric surgery plus intensive medical therapy is more effective than drug treatment alone in reducing or even resolving hyperglycaemia in overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes, five year results from a randomised trial have shown.1
Researchers randomly assigned 150 patients with type 2 diabetes (mean glycated haemoglobin 9.2%+1.5%) and a body mass index of 27-43 to treatment with intensive medical therapy alone or to bariatric surgery plus drug treatment. Surgery involved either Roux en Y gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.
Five year results, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine,1 …