Weight-Loss Surgery Reverses Diabetes in Woman Battling Obesity
Laura-Beth Shoup weighed 361
pounds, suffered from depression and had type 2 diabetes. Two years
after her gastric bypass surgery and nearly 200 pounds lighter, the
33-year-old is a new mom and says she has become "a totally different
person," Shoup said.
And there's one more thing: Shoup, who weighed 381 pounds at her heaviest, is now diabetes-free.
After electing to have
weight-loss surgery to reverse her diabetes, Shoup now says she has
more energy and is living a new life: "I'm out and about in the
community, jogging, you know, getting my life back."
Shoup's dramatic results provide
support for a new study that says surgery can be more effective than
medication alone for treating type 2 diabetes. According to researchers
at the Cleveland Clinic, performing weight-loss surgery on patients who
suffered this condition effectively reversed their diabetes, allowing
most of them to stop using insulin and other medication to treat the
"There isn't any
therapy that can rival bariatric surgery in terms of weight loss and
controlling diabetes," said Dr. Sangeeta Kashyap, an endocrinologist at
the Cleveland Clinic and one of the study's lead researchers. "People
who had surgery… had a better quality of life," she said.
was not part of the study, but has enjoyed a dramatic improvement in
her quality of life since surgery. The main reason: Her nearly
1-year-old daughter Kinzle.
"I'm just excited for life in general." she said. "I'm ready to tackle on what's coming next in my life."
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