Jul 7, 2010 4:08 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Obesity study seeking volunteers for surgery

Some obese patients reversed their diabetes soon after weight loss surgery. Now doctors are testing whether the operation helps diabetics who are merely overweight or a tad obese control their blood sugar.

The Cleveland Clinic is recruiting 150 overweight and obese diabetics. Some will have surgery and their progress will be compared to those who manage their diabetes with medicine. The goal is to see which group can beat their diabetes.

New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is looking for 50 diabetics to undergo surgery.

Doctors will track if patients' blood sugar levels normalize after the procedure.


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