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Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes Patients Cuts Medication Costs


A Johns Hopkins study reflects that utilizing bariatric surgery for diabetes treatment can eliminate medication and reduce overall healthcare costs for diabetics. This study has received significant national media attention. Researchers studied 2,235 adult Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) members with Type 2 diabetes who had bariatric surgery for diabetes treatment and found that 74.7 percent of the patients had eliminated diabetes medications at six months after surgery and 84.5 percent at two years. Although per-person health care costs increased 9.7 percent in the first year after surgery, that cost dropped 34.2 percent in year two and 70.5 percent in year three. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded the study.

Outlets note that the study, appearing in the August issue of Archives of Surgery, provides a strong argument for insurance companies to pay for the procedures and points out that bariatric surgery has increased by 200 percent during the past five years.  A post from the Los Angeles Times’ blog asserts, based on the growing body of knowledge on the issue, that weight loss itself could become a beneficial side effect for people who choose surgery for diabetes treatment. HealthDay notes that the data set for the study was originally created for a different research project for BCBS plans supported by EES, Pfizer Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline REUTERS, LOS ANGELES TIMES BLOG, HEALTHDAY,  WALL STREET JOURNAL

If you would like more information on utilizing bariatric surgery for diabetes treatment call us today at 877.362.9898, or complete our online contact form.

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Detroit Medical Center is the premier provider of weight loss surgery in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. DMC operates offices in the Madison Heights and Southfield areas of Detroit, Michigan, and serves other areas including Ypsilanti, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Livonia, Monroe, Lansing, Dearborn, Novi and Troy. Your New Self also serves Canadian bariatric patients as a preferred provider for the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Your New Self at Detroit Medical Center boasts four expert bariatric surgeons who specialize in LAP-BAND®, REALIZE® Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass bariatric surgeries.

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