• Weight loss surgery reduces diabetes risk

    Monday, November 3, 2014

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Weight loss surgery can dramatically reduce the odds of developing type 2 diabetes.

A study featured in the Lancet, of nearly 5000 people, showed an 80% reduction in type 2 diabetes in those having weight loss surgery. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are closely tied – the bigger someone is, the greater the risk of the condition.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is considering a huge expansion of obesity surgery in the NHS in order to cut rates of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can result in blindness, amputations and nerve damage.

Weight loss surgery, is used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese and carrying an excessive amount of body fat. This type of surgery is currently available on the NHS only to treat people with potentially life-threatening obesity when other treatments have not worked. Around 8,000 people a year currently receive the treatment.

NICE anticipates figures in the tens of thousands. However, the surgery can cost between £3,000 and £15,000 and the move by NICE has raised concerns that the NHS will not be able to afford the treatment, even if there are savings in the longer term.

While the NHS looks for solutions to diabetes. One thing looks certain, the spending pressures on the NHS are only likely to increase as the number of people with diabetes rises as more people are becoming obese.

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