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For Diabetics, Weight-Loss Surgery Slashes the Risk of Death

  • Surgery patients less likely to have a host of heart risks
  • Researchers say results should be confirmed in a future trial
A surgeon operates on a woman for obesity.

A surgeon operates on a woman for obesity.

Photographer: China Photos/Getty Images 

Weight-loss surgery reduced the risk by about 40% that diabetic patients would develop a range of heart complications, including the danger of an early death, a study found.

The drastic results are the latest report to detail the potential benefits of an operation that has been shown to help reverse diabetes, eliminate sleep apnea, improve fertility, ease joint pain and pressure, and relieve symptoms of depression. The new report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests it may also help people live longer, healthier lives.