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Weight Loss Surgery Controls Diabetes Better Than Exercise

Oct 16, 2015
The Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery’s founder discusses the findings of a recent study.

Plano, TX, October 1​6, 2015 – Type 2 diabetics who are considered obese may find exercise and diet help them maintain tighter control over their blood sugar numbers, but researchers are learning that weight loss surgery may indeed deliver a more lasting method for doing so.

“While weight loss surgery isn’t necessarily a panacea, recent research indicates it can have a profound effect on diabetes symptoms in obese patients who undergo procedures to help them shed pounds,” says Dr. Nick Nicholson, founder and lead surgeon at the North Texas-based Nicholson Clinic, one of the top weight loss surgery centers in the country.  “Some patients may even find the need to take diabetes medications to control blood sugar goes away after weight loss surgery helps rid them of extra pounds.”

Dr. Nicholson is referring to a study recently published in JAMA that was conducted by the University of Pittsburg Medical Center. To find out how big of an impact surgery could have on diabetics, researchers worked with a group of 61 obese diabetics ages 22 to 55. Researchers broke the main group into two smaller ones that would undergo different types of surgery and a third group that was prescribed lifestyle and exercise changes to control their symptoms.

Over the course of the study, researchers found that patients in the two surgical groups showed more marked improvements than those in the lifestyle group. About 40 percent of gastric bypass and 29 percent of adjustable band patients, in fact, were able to achieve complete or partial remission of diabetes symptoms over time.

“The findings are especially encouraging for those who struggle both with their weight and control of diabetes symptoms,” says Dr. Nicholson. “Weight loss surgery may indeed serve to help some reverse the impacts the disease has on their lives.”

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About Nicholson Clinic
Founded by Dr. Nick Nicholson, one of the country’s leading weight loss surgeons and co-author of “Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny,” the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery offers a variety of options to help patients gain control of their weight and their lives.