Journal article

The Effect of Weight Loss on Indigenous Australians with Diabetes: a study of Feasibility, Acceptability and Effectiveness of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Paul E O'Brien, Dawn E DeWitt, Cheryl Laurie, Leah Brennan, John M Wentworth, Margaret Anderson, Kerin O'Dea, Felicia Dean, Andrew Smith, David P Dalton



BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Diabetes and obesity are common and serious health challenges for indigenous people worldwide. The feasibility of achieving substantial weight loss, leading to remission of diabetes, was evaluated in a regional indigenous Australian community. SUBJECTS/METHODS: A prospective cohort study of 30 obese indigenous adults from the Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative in Central Victoria was performed. Inclusion criteria included aboriginality, BMI > 30 kg/m(2) and diabetes diagnosed within the last 10 years. Weight loss was achieved using laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB). Participants were treated in their community and followed for 2 years. Outcomes were compare..

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