Gastric Banding vs Metformin

NIH study looks into the efficacy of gastric banding in stabilizing prediabetes over metformin.


Gastric banding was just as successful as metformin alone in stabilizing prediabetes or new-onset type 2 diabetes in the Beta Cell Restoration through Fat Mitigation study (BetaFat), an NIH-supported study.

The study is part of the Restoring Insulin Secretion (RISE) study, a set of 3 clinical trials designed to find ways to reverse or slow the loss of insulin production and release in people at risk for type 2 diabetes.

In this study, 44 patients were randomly assigned to have a gastric banding procedure, and 44 were taking metformin. After 2 years, people in the gastric banding group had lost an average of 23 lb , vs 4 lb in the metformin group. Insulin sensitivity improved similarly in both groups, as did function of insulin-producing cells. Both groups showed small improvements in blood glucose levels.

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