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Weight loss surgery offers hope for diabetics

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Gastric Bypass Surgery could cure Type-2 Diabetes in many cases and significantly improve the symptoms of Type-1 Diabetes.  Michelle Berdnarski is a local woman who has lived 34 years with Type-1 Diabetes.  She underwent Gastric Bypass surgery and immediately was able to reduce her insulin by 50 percent.  Dr. Matthew Fourman of Mercy Weight Management does all types of weight loss surgery robotically.  Fourman says there is something about the way the stomach is re-routed to the small intestine through the surgery that changes the way the GI tract functions.  In all patients getting the surgery, they see improved function of the pancreas and the liver.  They see decreases in hunger.  Fourman says it all has to do with the feed back loop from the stomach to the brain.  Loosing weight in and of itself will help people control or eliminate type 2 diabetes.  But Dr. Fourman says they are seeing improvements independent of patients weight loss so there has to be something else going on which is what prompted more research on the effects of the surgery.

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