New study indicates bariatric surgery improves pancreatic beta-cell function

February 28th, 2013 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

Philip Schauer and colleagues have found that gastric bypass surgery but not intensive medical care or sleeve gastrectomy significantly increased insulin sensitivity and pancreatic beta-cell function even though weight loss was similar. The study randomized 60 subjects and followed them for two years. Pancreatic beta cells store and release insulin and their loss of function is a key feature in the progression to type 2 diabetes. The study is published in the March edition of Diabetes Care.


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