Insulin resistance and bariatric surgery

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The objective of this article is to systematically review the changes in insulin resistance after various types of bariatric surgical procedures. A Pubmed and EMBASE search for studies measuring insulin resistance before and after bariatric surgery was done and all original research articles from 1980 to present (2011) were included. Only the currently widely performed bariatric procedures were included. A meta-analysis of change in HOMA-IR was conducted, grouping studies with similar duration of follow-up. The percentage decrease in HOMA-IR at <=2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and >16-18 months was found to be (mean±standard error) -33.48±5.78, -46.43±6.99, -38.79±9.64, -58.62±7.38, -44.91±7.98 and -67.04±10.78%, respectively. RYGB (gastric bypass) and BPD (biliopancreatic diversion) produced a significant decrease in insulin resistance at 2 weeks after surgery, while LSG (sleeve gastrectomy) was strongly trending. LSG produced an earlier decrease in insulin resistance when compared to LAGB (gastric banding). RYGB, BPD and LSG produce an early decrease in insulin resistance through yet unknown mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-328
Number of pages13
JournalObesity Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • BPD
  • HOMA
  • Insulin resistance
  • LAGB


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