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After one year, those who had surgery had lost between 72 and 218 pounds, although none had dropped to a normal weight. For 10 of them, their diabetes was in remission and they stopped taking diabetes medicine.
For the teens who didn't have surgery, they all still had diabetes after a year and there was no difference in their weight or their use of diabetes medication. Their blood sugar levels did improve, the researchers said.
As for the one surgery patient whose diabetes wasn't reversed, the researchers said the reason wasn't known, but they noted his mother and a younger sibling also had Type 2 diabetes. Three years after the surgery, the teen was no longer overweight but still needed to take insulin.
Another explanation could be that his diabetes was more advanced that the other teens, Inge said. Adult studies have indicated that the chances of diabetes reversal are better the sooner surgery is done after diagnosis, he said.
"We caught the others in early stage of disease," Inge said. "Did we miss the boat on this one?"
On the Net:
American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/
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