Bariatric Surgery And Diabetes
Dr. George Lee, Consultant Urologist | Dr. KC Cha, Bariatric Surgeon
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Malaysia has the highest rate of obesity among Asian countries, with 49 percent of women and 44 percent of men bound to be obese. We also have the highest number of diabetes among ASEAN countries, with one in five adults above the age of 30, or about 3.6 million Malaysian afflicted by this disease. According to the Health Ministry, diabetes cases have more than doubled in Malaysia over the last four years. The Health Ministry also cautions that the increase in the number of diabetic patients correlates with the increase in the number of obese people. Overweight people are ten times as likely to develop type-2 adult-onset diabetes. Bariatric surgeon Dr. KC Cha joins consultant urologist Dr. George Lee to discuss a new study which suggests that weight loss surgery can cure half of patients with type-2 diabetes for at least five years.
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