Can A Gastric Bypass Procedure Have A Positive Impact On Diabetes?

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Among people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, 67 percent have a BMI greater than 27 and 46 percent have a BMI greater than 30. An estimated 70 percent of diabetes risk in the U.S. can be attributed to excess weight.
By Chad Friedman, DPM, and Doug Pacaccio, DPM

In Conclusion

   Given the promise of these studies and the potential benefit to patients who are obese and diabetic, podiatrists may want to consider referring patients for this procedure. As noted above, one should facilitate appropriate multidisciplinary consults and ensure that these patients have a strong understanding of the potential benefits and risks of the procedure.

Dr. Friedman is a third-year resident at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Pacaccio is a third-year resident at Inova Health System in Fairfax, Va.

Dr. Steinberg (pictured) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

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