Study: Surgery for obese teens works long-term
In two studies, one in the United States and the other in Sweden, teens who underwent gastric bypass surgery were about thirty percent lighter five to 12 years after the operation, scientists found.
In the US study, led by Dr. Thomas Inge, eight years after the operation the number of teenagers with diabetes had dropped from 16 to two percent, and those with high cholesterol fell from 86 to 38 percent.
Negative side effects, including vitamin deficiencies and the need in some cases for follow-up surgery, were minor compared to health gains, scientists reported in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a medical journal. Click on Yahoo! to read more about the study or check the Cincinnati Children’s Newsroom.