Researchers from Finland presented interesting research on the link between obesity and eye health at this year's European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) gathering. In this latest study, Finnish eye doctors discovered that obese patients who underwent bariatric surgery had healthier retinas than patients who did not.
The researchers involved in this study tracked 22 obese patients before and after their bariatric surgery procedures. As a control, researchers also collected data on 15 adults with normal body mass indices (BMIs) for their age. This study took place over the course of six months.
In addition to losing weight after their surgeries, the obese patients had healthier eye function than before. Specifically, doctors said all the bariatric surgery patients had an improvement in the microvasculature of their retinas and a significantly reduction in venular widening and arteriolar narrowing.
All of these patients lost an average of 57 pounds six months after their surgeries.
The 53rd annual EASD took place this year between September 11th and 15th in Lisbon, Portugal.
Standard laparoscopic bariatric surgery procedures nowadays involve cutting various keyholes in the body and putting surgical instruments into the belly, chest, and neck to perform certain specialized procedures. The four major types of bariatric surgery include the laparoscopic gastric sleeve, the roux-en-y gastric bypass, the laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion, and the laparoscopic mini gastric bypass.
Ideal candidates for bariatric surgery are either 100 pounds overweight or have a BMI greater than or equal to 35 and one serious weight-related disease like diabetes. Always have a long talk with your doctor before actually going through with this procedure.
A few other topics covered at this year's EASD include findings in the genetics of type 1 diabetes patients, insulin synthesis, and the genetics of type 2 diabetes patients. The EASD's stated aims are to share and diffuse the latest information on diabetes.
The next two EASD meetings have been set for October 1 – 5 of 2018 and September 16 – 20 of 2019. The 2018 event will be held in Berlin, and the 2019 meeting will take place in Barcelona.
Anyone who wants more information on EASD can contact the organization online, by phone, or by mail. The EASD is headquartered at Rheindorfer Weg 3, 40591 Düsseldorf, Germany. You can also send a letter to the EASD's EU liaison office at Rue de la Science 14b, 1040 Brussels, Belgium. The email addresses for these two offices are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com respectively.
Anyone who feels like calling the EASD for more info can use the telephone number 49 211 758 469 0. The EASD also has Twitter and Facebook pages.