New research from the Cleveland Clinic adds more evidence that people with type 2 diabetes and obesity can significantly reduce their risk of death and major cardiovascular events if they undergo weight loss or bariatric surgery. The results of the study were presented on September 2, 2019, at the European Society of Cardiology Congress and simultaneously published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
“This study demonstrates that persons with obesity and type 2 diabetes who undergo bariatric surgery have lower rates of myocardial infarction (heart attack), ischemic stroke, and mortality,” says Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, an instructor of medicine and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in Boston, who specializes in obesity medicine. Dr. Stanford was not involved in this study.
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