Surgery for weight loss may be an extreme step, but a new study of more than 13,000 patients has found lasting benefits. Specifically, patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes had a 41% lower death rate in the following eight years than if they hadn’t had the surgery, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They also experienced 15% more weight loss and 15% lower blood sugar. These benefits likely stemmed not only from the weight loss itself, but from metabolic and hormonal changes, the study’s lead author said.


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