Current rules state that weight loss surgery on the NHS should only be given to those who are classed as morbidly obese (have a BMI of 40 or above) or to those with a BMI of 35+ who also have a serious health condition (such as type 2 diabetes).
The proposed guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend that all obese people (with a BMI of 30+) who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the last 10 years should be considered for bariatric surgery. This includes having a gastric band fitted or the more invasive gastric bypass, which involves re-routing the digestive system. This could affect as many as 800,000 people.
The proposal from NICE comes after data from the National Diabetes Audit revealed that up to 71% of type 2 diabetes sufferers have been diagnosed within the last 10 years. The data also showed that almost half of those with diabetes had a BMI of 30 or above.
“Obesity rates have nearly doubled over the last 10 years and continue to rise, making obesity and overweight a major issue for the health service in the UK,” said Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE.
“Updated evidence suggests people who are obese and have been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may benefit from weight loss surgery.”
Director of health intelligence at charity Diabetes UK, Simon O’Neill commented to say that while studies have shown that this type of surgery can help with weight loss and ultimately improve blood glucose levels, it is important to remember that it is a serious surgery that comes with risks. He went on to say that bariatric surgery should only be considered as a last resort if other attempts at weight loss have failed.
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