A new study suggests that just like in adults, obesity surgery may prove effective to reverse diabetes in youngsters.
The researchers told that after one year of weight-loss surgery, ten out of 11 very obese teens found that their diabetes had reversed during that time. However, one patient was found with diabetes, but that patient not required diabetes pills and he was taking quite less insulin.
Many other studies have already shown that obesity surgery is beneficial for adults’ diabetes, says, Thomas Inge, the lead author of the study.
Inge says that further study is needed to find out the other impacts of weight loss surgery on obese teens diabetes, but this study has paved a way to consider weight loss surgery another treatment option for extremely obese teens with diabetes.
The study is expected to be published in the journal Pediatrics, January issue.
In the US, nearly one third of teens are either obese or overweight and type2 diabetes is quite frequent in obese kids. Diabetes is related to obesity and it was never so common in kids in the past.
According to Dr. Larry Deeb, who is former president of the American Diabetes Association, “long-term effects of weight-loss surgery are not known yet and that’s why it is quite important to select the teen candidates for it with great care.”