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Weight-Loss Surgery Weighed as Diabetes Rx
Date:9/12/2008

It is a major form of surgery, and if it turns out that in the long run it's safe and in the long run, maybe, it prolongs life or reduces costs because these people are healthier, then that's great," said Dr. Sue Kirkman, vice president of medical affairs for the American Diabetes Association. "But I think those things need to be carefully looked at."

The ADA plans to convene a consensus conference in 2009 to examine the issue of bariatric surgery, Kirkman said.

"There are plenty of ways to treat diabetes that are safe and effective," added Dr. Jeffrey I. Mechanick, an endocrinologist at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center and a member of the board of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. "So if this is another way to do it, we need to know what the long-term safety and efficacy are going to be."

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Visit the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases' Weight Control Information Network for more on bariatric surgery.



Francesco Rubino, M.D., chief, Gastrointestinal Metabolic Surgery, assistant professor, surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, and assistant attending surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center; New York City; Philip R. Schauer, M.D., director, Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland, and past president, American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery; Sue Kirkman, M.D., vice president, medical affairs, American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, Va.; Jeffrey I. Mechanick, M.D., clinical professor, medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City, and board member, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Jacksonville, Fla.; ASMBS, Gainesville, Fla.; Weight-Control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive a
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