Preoperative Use of Incretins Is Associated With Increased Diabetes Remission After RYGB Surgery Among Patients Taking Insulin: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis

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Objective:The main goal of this study was to determine the effects of incretins on type 2 diabetes (T2D) remission after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery for patients taking insulin.Background:Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease with potentially debilitating consequences. RYGB surgery is one of the few interventions that can remit T2D. Preoperative use of insulin, however, predisposes to significantly lower T2D remission rates.Methods:A retrospective cohort of 690 T2D patients with at least 12 months follow-up and available electronic medical records was used to identify 37 T2D patients who were actively using a Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonist in addition to another antidiabetic medication, during the preoperative period.Results:Here, we report that use of insulin, along with other antidiabetic medications, significantly diminished overall T2D remission rates 14 months after RYGB surgery (9%) compared with patients not taking insulin (56%). Addition of the GLP-1 agonist, however, increased significantly T2D early remission rates (22%), compared with patients not taking the GLP-1 agonist (4%). Moreover, the 6-year remission rates were also significantly higher for the former group of patients. The GLP-1 agonist did not improve the remission rates of diabetic patients not taking insulin as part of their pharmacotherapy.Conclusions:Preoperative use of antidiabetic medication, coupled with an incretin agonist, could significantly improve the odds of T2D remission after RYGB surgery in patients also using insulin.

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