A cure for Type-2 Diabetes??? | News
Dr. Paul Singh is performing gastric bypass surgery at Albany Medical Center a procedure he's done countless times.
He'll re-route the patient's digestive system and create a smaller stomach pouch; resulting in dramatic weight loss over the next few months.
But almost immediately after surgery - and for reasons that aren't completely clear, if the patient has type 2 diabetes it will disappear - they'll be cured.
It may be because after the surgery food bypasses the first part of the intestine, the duodenum.
“There are thoughts that hormones released through the duodenum make diabetes worse or problematic,” says Dr. Paul Singh.
The results, based on a study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, are so impressive, 58 year old Mark French decided to have the surgery. He's the patient Dr. Singh was operating on.
It's not that French can't lose weight - he can. But like most of us, he can't keep it off. After battling type 2 diabetes for years, his health was beginning to suffer.
”Swelling of the ankles, shin infections in the calf,” says Mark French.
He's hoping his results are as impressive as Ken Springer's a 43 year old Troy man.
At 6-3, Ken is a towering presence. But if you measure him around the middle he's half the man he used to be when he weighed 490 pounds. That was before bariatric surgery in January 2011.
“I lost 60 pounds in 70 days,” Ken Springer says.
Today he weighs 230 pounds but as importantly, his type 2 diabetes resolved 5 months after his procedure.
But that's not the end of his story. He's quick to tell you he's committed to living a healthier lifestyle and regularly attends a support group at Albany Med where he had his surgery.
That's the prescription Dr. Mark Fruiterman would write. He's an endocrinologist who treats diabetes patients. He says bariatric surgery should be the last resort and without lifestyle changes, all the good can be undone.
According to Dr. Mark Fruiterman, “The return to obesity is not rapid. What I've seen is it takes maybe 5, 6, 7 years, slowly, over time. 3 lbs here, 5 pounds there.”
And as Dr. Fruiterman points out, there's a genetic component to developing type 2 diabetes that excess weight, age and sedentary lifestyle, triggers.
This brings us back to Ken. “I still have eating issues. I still have issues if it's there I want it. I have to watch everything I eat,” he says.
As for Mark French, his diabetes resolved a few days after surgery.
“Now he needs to commit to the long term changes he's going to need to make,” say Dr. Singh. “And if he commits to those and if he does that then you're looking at a resolution of his diabetes starting this week and continuing on for the rest of his life.”