The 2012 ASMBS Annual Meeting

New research was recently presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, or the ASMBS, from June 17-22 in San Diego. The features below highlight just some of the studies that emerged from the meeting. Heart Attack Risk Low After Gastric Bypass The Particulars: Obesity has been identified in the medical literature as a leading preventable risk factor for heart disease. Prior research has also shown that gastric bariatric surgery appears to be an effective, long-lasting treatment for morbid obesity and many related conditions. Data Breakdown: Following gastric bypass surgery, a team of Stanford University researchers analyzed changes in 11 cardiac risk factors that have previously been shown to increase the likelihood of future heart attacks or coronary artery disease. In about 7 years of follow-up, patients experienced a 56% loss of excess weight, a 40% increase in HDL levels, a 66% decrease in fasting insulin levels, and a 55% decrease in triglycerides. Gastric bariatric surgery patients also experienced an 80% decrease in high sensitivity C-reactive protein levels and a 40% decrease in Framingham Risk Score. Take Home Pearl: At up to 7 years, 11 risk factors for heart attack appear to remain low following gastric bypass surgery. Bariatric Surgery Leads to Remission of Diabetic Nephropathy The Particulars: Nearly 7 million Americans have diabetic kidney disease, a figure that has increased by 34% from 20 years ago. Researchers have hypothesized that bariatric surgery may halt the progression of diabetic nephropathy. Data Breakdown: In a study, nearly 60% of obese patients who had diabetic nephropathy prior to undergoing bariatric surgery were in remission at...