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Surgery better for diabetes in the obese: studies

CHICAGO — Two clinical studies suggest that gastric surgery is better than traditional methods of care when it comes to controlling diabetes in overweight and obese patients. The first study, coined STAMPEDE, and presented at the American College of Cardiology conference, showed that patients who had operations fared three to…

Hormone helps obese shed weight: study

An appetite-curbing hormone found in the gut may help overweight and obese people shed weight, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels, according to a study released Wednesday. Known as glucagon-like peptide-1, or GLP-1, the hormone is naturally secreted from the intestine when we eat. Recently, doctors have begun to use GLP-1 to treat…