Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

A Surgical Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?

Seattle Plastic Surgeon shares some great news about Type 2 Diabetes.

For years it has been observed that obese patients with Type 2 diabetes have a dramatic improvement in their diabetes after gastric bypass surgery.   And this improvement is seen almost immediately after surgery, long before the patient loses significant weight.  Now there is something more that just anecdotal reports of this finding.

Recently the results of a randomized, prospective study of 150 obese, type 2 diabetic patients treated with  surgery or intensive medical therapy was released.  This study was carried out at the Cleaveland Clinic and took a look at the blood sugars of patients one year after surgery vs. one year after intensive medical treatment. 

The surgery patients blew the medical patients out of the water with their blood sugars going down, way down, despite stopping their diabetes medications. 

This study confirms the many anecdotal reports of the past decade or so.  Could it be that the first line of treatment for this devastating disease that afflicts so many obese patients will be major surgery?   It’s too soon to tell but as these types of surgical weight-loss procedures become safer and safer, that just may end up being the case. 

Now we just need a fix for obesity that triggers most cases of Type 2 diabetes.    Send me your ideas for this.  I’d love to be in on it. 

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

 

Category: General Health, New Technology, Now That's Cool, Obesity | Tags: , ,

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