The Particulars: Previous research has shown that many patients with diabetes who undergo gastric bypass can experience remission of their diabetes along with significant weight loss. The effects of this surgery on the trajectory of chronic diseases associated with diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors is less well known.

Data Breakdown: Patients with diabetes and obesity who participated in a Cleveland Clinic study were followed for about 6 years following gastric bypass. Participants experienced risk reductions of 40% for myocardial infarction (MI), 42% for stroke, 18% for 5-year cardiovascular disease-related mortality, and 45% for moderate-to-severe kidney disease.

Take Home Pearl: Patients with diabetes who undergo gastric bypass appear to experience a significant reduction in their risk of stroke and MI, among several other health benefits.