MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Ted Adams PhD
Adjunct Professor, Internal Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology
The University of Utah
MedicalResearch.com: Why did you decide to conduct this study?
Response: The primary aim of the study was to determine the clinical outcomes in patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery.
As NIDDK/NIH continued to fund the study, the aim was extended to determining the durability) long-term outcomes) of gastric bypass surgery when compared to non-surgical, severely obese patients.
MedicalResearch.com: Were you surprised by the findings? Why or why not?
Response: Because we have previously published the clinical results at two and six year follow-up periods, we hoped to see similar favorable outcomes at 12 years.
The fact that the mean 12-year percent weight loss from baseline was very similar to that measured at 6 years follow-up was somewhat of a surprise. We were anxious to see what percentage of gastric bypass patients who had diabetes prior to their surgery were in remission (diabetes remission) at 12 years. The finding of 51% was encouraging.
MedicalResearch.com: Do you plan to do any additional follow-up studies?
Response: We are hopeful that we can obtain continued funding to follow the surgical and non-surgical participants. We have appreciated the great support the participants have given to this study.
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N Engl J Med 2017; 377:1143-1155 September 21, 2017DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1700459
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