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Diabetes Risk Lowers With Weight Loss Surgery

Giving people suffering from obesity a weight loss surgery can dramatically lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study.

“We saw a marked delay (in the development of diabetes) over 15 years,” said coauthor Dr. Lars Sjostrom of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. “Some of those surgical patients will probably develop diabetes later. But over a lifetime, there will be a large difference.”

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New Diabetes Pill Approved by FDA

In Washington, a new diabetes pill from Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The new pill is recommended for patients who find it difficult to control their blood sugar with existing medicines.

The agency has approved Tradjenta tablets for adults with type 2 diabetes. The medicine works by blocking the DPP-4 enzyme which in turn helps control blood sugar levels. Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb already market similar drugs in the U.S.

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Bariatric Surgery: An Alternative Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

A new study which was published in the August issue of Archives of Surgery claims that bariatric surgery can result to lower health care costs and medication requirements for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Martin A. Makary, MD and his co-authors in the study says that while bariatric surgery can be expensive (around $30,000), the lowered costs for health maintenance afterward can save money in the long run.

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