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Comment & Response
February 2016

Mass Treatment With Bariatric Surgery for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Author Affiliations
  • 1Diabetes Unit, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  • 2Division of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Department of Medical Sciences, Surgical, Neurological, Metabolic Sciences, and Aging, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(2):196-197. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.3405

To the Editor We read with interest the article by Courcoulas et al1 comparing the remission rate of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) following surgical treatment and the remission rate of T2DM following nonsurgical treatment among obese individuals after 3 years of follow-up. They concluded that among the obese participants with T2DM, bariatric surgery resulted in higher remission rates (40% for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and 29% for laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding) than did lifestyle intervention alone (which resulted in no remission).

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