Teens see lasting health benefits from bariatric surgery

“This study is good news that decreasing obesity by surgery in teenagers clears type 2 diabetes in 95%, return to normal kidney function in 86%, remission of pre-diabetes in 76%, correction of hypertension in 74% and a return of cholesterol to normal in 66%. That adds more pressure to develop effective treatments for obesity to be used in the young and to continue to use bariatric surgery until we have a less invasive equally effective treatment. Yahoo.” Bill Chesnut, MD

 Teens see lasting health benefits from bariatric surgery, study suggests

 The AP (11/7, Tanner) reported, “The largest, longest study of teen obesity surgery shows huge weight loss and health gains can last at least three years.”

Stat (11/7, Samuel) reported that in the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, adolescents “received one of two common bariatric surgeries – Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy – and were followed for three years after the procedure.” Teenagers “who received either surgery showed significant improvements in both their weight and quality of life at the end of the study period.”

MedPage Today (11/7, Brown) reported that the teens not only lost weight, but 95 percent of patients who had type 2 diabetes at the start of the study experienced a remission of the disease. What’s more, “emission of abnormal kidney function occurred in 86% of patients (95% CI 72%-100%), remission of prediabetes in 76% (95% CI 56%-97%), remission of elevated blood pressure in 74% (95% CI 64%-84%), and remission of dyslipidemia in 66% (95% CI 57%-74%).”