Volume 88 Issue 16 | pp. 39-40
Issue Date: April 19, 2010

The Gastric Bypass Pill

ACS Meeting News: Drug designers take aim at molecules that might mimic bariatric surgery’s ability to halt diabetes
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: diabetes, obesity, metabolism, gastric bypass

Bariatric surgery is meant to help people lose weight, but it often has a far more profound effect: Doctors see many of their patients go into remission from type 2 diabetes after the intense operation.

In the aftermath of the Roux-en-Y procedure, a radical rerouting of the gut, the recovery from diabetes happens so fast that many patients can stop taking their medications by the time they leave the hospital. Researchers suspect that something far . . .

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