Obesity Surgery May Reduce Risk Of Heart Attack

Obesity Surgery May Reduce Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes, Research Suggests.

The AP (10/16, Johnson) reports that a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that “obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes.” Investigators followed approximately “20,000 severely obese patients with Type 2 diabetes.” The study indicated that individuals “who had weight loss surgery had a 40 percent lower chance of developing a heart attack or stroke in the five years following surgery compared to those who got usual care with diabetes medicines or insulin.”

HealthDay (10/16, Norton) reports that individuals “who had the surgery were also two-thirds less likely to die during the study period.” Also covering the story are Medscape (10/16, Harrison, Subscription Publication), MedPage Today (10/16, Lou), and Endocrine Today (10/16, Schaffer).