Weight Loss: Surgery and Medical Management

At University of Minnesota Medical Center we offer both surgical and non-surgical options to help you achieve a healthy weight. As state-wide leaders in bariatric surgery outcomes, experts in our Weight Loss Clinic helped define weight-loss surgery through innovative research and care. And specialists in our Weight Management Center offer non-surgical weight loss options that include customized diet and exercise plans tailored to each patient. Collaboration between the two programs brings together resources and expertise that help make weight loss a reality for our patients. We have a team of doctors, nurses, psychologists, dietitians, and physical and rehabilitation therapists to help you achieve the changes you seek.

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Weight Loss Surgery Can Aid Diabetics

A major study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows weight loss surgery can help diabetes achieve better health. Those benefits need to be weighed against the risks of surgery, notes Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD. The Star-Tribune reports. 

Study Yields Surprising Results
In this article,Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD, is interviewed about a major three-year study that examined which is better at controlling type 2 diabetes: gastric bypass surgery or lifestyle management.

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Major study shows bariatric surgery helps control diabetes
Clinical trials focused on patients who were mildly or moderately obese

Adding a gastric bypass surgery to lifestyle and medical management can benefit mildly to moderately obese patients with Type 2 diabetes. A landmark study led by Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD, showed that these patients who had a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass had a greater likelihood of achieving their weight-loss goals than patients who did not.

An article on the study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article is called:
"Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass vs Intensive Medical Management for the Control of Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hyperlipidemia."