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Surgeon Advocates Gastric Bypass In Non-Obese Patients

Fri, 02/26/2010 - 4:05am

Samuel Goldsmith, New York Daily News

A Manhattan doctor thinks he may have found a surgical cure for Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Francesco Rubino will soon begin a surgical trial with overweight, but not obese, diabetes patients in which he'll perform gastric bypass surgery to reverse the disease.

Rubino, the chief of gastrointestinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, feels that because a significant number of people with lower body mass indexes can develop diabetes, that the medical community needs to start asking whether BMI should be the only clinically appropriate way to decide who gets diabetes-targeted surgery.

Type 2 diabetes afflicts more than 200 million people across the globe and Rubino feels that lifestyle changes and other medications are often not enough to effectively treat it.

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