Weight-Loss Surgery Reduces Risks Of Heart Diseases In Diabetics

The US is facing a high rate of obese diabetics, and Canada is also among the top countries in this regard, unfortunately. A new study, however, gives hopes to those people with diabetes who had weight-loss surgery. As per new US-based research, weight-loss surgery reduces risks of heart diseases in diabetics.

The study did not establish a precise connection between weight-loss surgery and a reduction in the risks of heart diseases in people with type 2 diabetes. The researchers concluded that those people with diabetes who passed through such an operation had about 35% lower risks of having strokes, heart attacks, or other heart failures. That means reduced chances of premature death.

Approximately 2,300 US-based adults with diabetes, who performed weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, and about 11,400 diabetics who did not perform the before-mentioned medical intervention participated in the study. The survey took place over eight years, and the results were revealed in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Weight-Loss Surgery Reduces Risks Of Heart Diseases In Diabetics

“The new study demonstrated weight-loss surgery could significantly reduce the risk of (actual cardiovascular events) in patients with obesity and diabetes,” explained Dr. Ali Aminian, a researcher from the Cleveland Clinic, the institute that conducted the research.

Type 2 diabetes patients are more prone to angina, strokes, heart attacks, atrial fibrillation, and other heart conditions, as well as to kidney failures and different death-causing situations. Simply put, diabetes patients are twice to four times more prone to die from heart diseases than people without the conditions.

“The study is retrospective, not prospective. The reason we need a prospective study is that doctors would not normally suggest [weight-loss surgery] for low-risk patients,” explained said Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick from Mount Sinai Heart and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who did not participate in the study.

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