April 14, 2023

Diabetes Research Receiving National Media Attention

After Michigan Medicine's Health Lab blog covered new research in Diabetologia by Evan Reynolds, Ph.D., and Brian Callaghan, M.D., Ph.D. only a week ago, a growing number of national media outlets picked up the story.

On May 7, Michigan Medicine's Health Lab covered recent research by a team led by Postdoctoral Fellow Evan Reynolds, PhD, and Eva L Feldman MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology Brian Callaghan, MD, MS, finding evidence that bariatric surgery slows the progression and even reverses complications of diabetes.


The next Wednesday, HealthDay covered the research which has since been picked up by a number of regional and national media outlets, including WebMD and U.S. News & World Report.

The HealthDay article: 

Nutrition / Diabetes

Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reverse the Nerve Damage That Diabetes Brings

-by Alan Mozes

a photo of a person standing on a scale with a measuring tape looped in front


  • Weight-loss surgery improves markers for diabetes as well as its complications, including nerve damage
  • Surgical patients who were followed for two years lost more than 66 pounds on average and reported less pain from peripheral neuropathy
  • Researchers surmise that the surgery triggered damaged nerves to regenerate

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) --While the immediate goal of bariatric surgery is to help obese patients shed significant weight, new research shows it may also reduce diabetes complications, including nerve damage.  Investigators followed 127 weight-loss surgery patients for two years.  They found the surgery led to a sustained drop in previously high blood sugar (glucose) levels as well as in levels of certain lipids (fats).

But the procedure was also linked to a marked improvement of peripheral neuropathy, a condition that undermines nerve fiber density throughout the body.  It can cause weakness, numbness and pain, often in the hands and feet...


Below you will find the growing list of media outlets that picked this story up, including links to their pages (click don't the logos):

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Brian Callaghan, MD, MS

Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology
Co-director, Neuromuscular Division
Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency
Director, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic, VA Ann Arbor Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
Department of Neurology
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Ann Arbor MI 48109-2200
Metabolic Neuropathy, Pain, Policy