Acetaminophen

What Bariatric Surgery Patients Need to Know About Acetaminophen

AcetaminophenResearchers at California Pacific Medical Center have found that prior bariatric surgery may place patients at a higher risk for acute liver failure from acetaminophen poisoning.

It is known that the overuse of acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States, but researchers say that to the best of their knowledge this is the first report to link the disease to bariatric surgery.

According to study results, among patients with acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure, bariatric surgery was 25 times more common than in the general population.

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Bariatric Surgery vs Medical Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery vs Medical Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery vs Medical Therapy for Type 2 DiabetesInstead of reaching for their medications, obese diabetics may be better off heading to the surgeon’s office, according to the results of several new studies comparing medical therapy and bariatric surgery in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, a condition often associated with obesity, is a disease that affects the body’s ability to convert glucose (sugar) into the energy that the cells need to sustain life. Without effective management of the disease, many serious health complications can develop.

The conventional treatment for type 2 diabetes typically includes medications coupled with lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.  As a cure has been elusive, the aim of treatment is to assist with the regulation of blood glucose levels and to minimize the effects of the disease.

This common approach to treatment may soon change, however, as three new studies have shown that bariatric surgery yields positive results in obese diabetic patients compared with medical therapy alone.

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Bariatric Surgery Saves Money

Bariatric Surgery Saves Money for Diabetic Patients

Health Care CostsDespite the nearly $30,000 price tag, a new study found that bariatric surgery saved money in the long run for the majority of people with diabetes. The cost savings resulted from a reduction in the use of diabetes medications and overall health care costs.

According to study results, nearly 75% of diabetic patients were off medications at 6 months after bariatric surgery and annual health care costs for diabetic patients dropped by more than 70% three years after bariatric surgery.

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