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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Can Boost Survival For Obese, Type 2 Diabetes Patients: Study

Update Date: Jun 06, 2016 06:00 AM EDT

Obese patients with type 2 diabetes who opt to get bariatric weight loss surgery can extend their survival, according to a new study.

Bariatric weight loss surgery can extend the survival of obese patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found that the operation have decreased the death rates in the group by more than 50 percent.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery and Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric weight loss surgery was found to reduce early deaths among obese patients with type 2 diabetes who underwent it. University of Gothenburg researchers looked at more than 20,000 obesity patients who go the surgery and compared it with more than 25,000 obese individuals who did not.

They found that the weight loss surgery group had a decreased death rate of more than 55 percent compared to the other group, Tech Times reported. The top causes of death in the surgery group are accidents, cancer, heart disease and suicide. In the other group, the most causes of death are cancer and heart disease. Other factors including pre-existing heart conditions, cancer, hypertension, valvular disease and other conditions were adjusted.

The researchers concluded that weight loss surgery does save lives among obesity patients with type 2 diabetes. The differences between the two groups were clear: heart disease and cancer, according to a release. While accidents and suicide were rampant in the obesity surgery group, it is far lower than in the other group where the causes of death were heart disease and cancer.

The patients in the bariatric weight loss surgery group ranged from 18 to 74 years old. The follow up on the individuals were done after 5 years, Daily Mail shared. The details of the study were shared at the European Obesity Summit.

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