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IDF says treat obese diabetics with surgery

International Diabetes Federation

The International Diabetes Federation has said that obese patients with type 2 diabetes should have weight loss surgery.

 

It has been proven that bariatric surgery such as the gastric band or gastric bypass can cure diabetes as the patient loses weight and the IDF recommends that patients with a BMI of over 35 should have a weight loss procedure. Research has shown that the surgery normalises blood glucose levels and reduces the need for medication.

 

In addition, those patients with a BMI over 30 who find that medication is not effectively controlling their diabetes, or have other obesity risk factors such as heart disease, should also be considered.  

 

The statement was released the 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Diabetes in New York.

 

The Hospital Group is the UK’s leading provider of bariatric surgery.  CEO, David Ross, said: “Many of our weight loss patients report that as they lose weight, type 2 diabetes literally disappears and insulin is no longer needed.  Studies have shown that the condition improves before any weight is even lost, due to the increase in insulin production and insulin resistance.

 

"The impact on patients’ health, quality of life and even life expectancy is massive. We are delighted to see that the IDF has endorsed bariatric surgery for diabetes sufferers. Our bariatric surgeons are very familiar with the full implications of being overweight and obese and can provide expert clinical advice not only on weight loss, but also on the impact of weight loss surgery on any other medical conditions.”

Obesity surgery news : 7 April 2011