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Surgery is best for managing diabetes in heavy people

Published on Apr 1, 2014 12:23 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - When it comes to managing type 2 diabetes in overweight people, stomach-shrinking surgeries are still more effective than trying to shed pounds with pills and lifestyle changes, researchers said Monday.

Three years into a US study that compares various approaches - gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and simply trying medical counseling, diet, exercise and weight loss medications - the findings show that the two surgical procedures are still superior at reducing blood sugar and weight.

Researchers said their findings could provide a way to help the some 23 million American adults who have type 2 diabetes, most of whom are overweight or obese.

Fewer than half of adults with diabetes are able to get their blood sugar under control with medication, experts say.

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