Health Groups Recommend Obesity Surgery As Treatment For Diabetes
Studies have long shown that most obese diabetics who undergo bariatric surgery see their blood sugar control dramatically improve.
The Associated Press:
Obesity Surgery Is A Good Way To Treat Diabetes, Groups Agree
International diabetes organizations are calling for weight-loss surgery to become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are only mildly obese. Obesity and Type 2 diabetes are a deadly pair, and numerous studies show stomach-shrinking operations can dramatically improve diabetes. (Neergard, 5/24)
In other news, an advisory panel unanimously voices support for a new diabetes drug —
FDA Panel Recommends Approval Of Novo Nordisk Diabetes Drug
A U.S. advisory panel on Tuesday recommended approval of a new diabetes drug made by Novo Nordisk A/S that combines two of its existing treatments in a fixed-dose combination designed to be both effective and convenient. The panel voted 16-0 that the Food and Drug Administration should approve the drug, iDegLira, for patients with type 2 diabetes. The FDA is not obliged to follow the advice of its advisory panels but typically does so. (Clarke, 5/25)