A study funded by the National Institutes of Health recently showed that gastric bypass surgery for teens can lower blood pressure and reduce Type 2 diabetes. The teenagers—all younger than nineteen at the time of surgery—showed significant improvement five years after surgery. The results could point to a significant breakthrough, given that other treatments have shown limited success. Type 2 diabetes also tends to advance faster in teenagers than it does in adults. “Obesity increases the risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and these conditions can be more difficult to manage in young people,” said Mary Evans, Ph.D., one of the study’s authors and director in the NIDDK Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition. “We found earlier bariatric surgery in carefully selected youth may have greater benefits compared to waiting until later in life.” The study also showed that no teens needed diabetic medication five years after surgery, while 26% of adults still required pharmaceutical treatment. “This study is an important illustration of what the word ‘innovation’ in healthcare really means,” said Fusion5 CEO Jim Gera. “Sometimes it’s a whole new procedure, or a new piece of technology. But often innovation in healthcare means taking a procedure we know works and treating a patient at an earlier stage of their illness. It’s the sort of aggressive, patient-centric approach our partner providers use to make treatment breakthroughs every day.” Want to learn more about this groundbreaking research? Read the full study here. Interested in learning more about innovative, value-based care strategies? Contact us today!

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