Gastrointestinal surgery: Cardiovascular risk reduction and improved long-term survival in patients with obesity and diabetes

Ted D. Adams, Lance E. Davidson, Sheldon E. Litwin, Steven C. Hunt

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Whereas the initial focus of bariatric surgery primarily focused on weight loss and was considered by many clinicians and the public as a cosmetic-driven procedure, this surgical therapy is now recognized as a successful approach to reducing cardiovascular disease risk and the only substantial and sustainable weight loss treatment for most severely obese patients. In addition, as a result of the multiple metabolicrelated benefits associated with bariatric surgery, efforts to understand physiologic and biochemical mechanisms have led to a dramatic increase in scientific discovery. This review focuses on bariatric research conducted during the past two decades in relation to cardiovascular disease risk and the effects of this surgical therapy on diabetes. Cardiovascular and diabetes mortality and morbidity associated with bariatric surgery are reviewed. The opportunity for bariatric (and/or metabolic) surgery to provide a preventive strategy for cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as treatment therapy is presented for clinical consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)606-615
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent atherosclerosis reports
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012



  • Bariatric surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Gastric banding
  • Gastric bypass
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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