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New UK guidelines on bariatric surgery for diabetes patients

More than 800,000 additional people in the UK could be considered for gastric bands or other surgery to restrict their eating under fresh NHS draft guidelines, reports [s]The Guardian[/s]. The guidance from [b]Nice, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence[/b], aims to help the increasing numbers of people with type 2 diabetes. Nice is proposing lowering the threshold for considering bariatric surgery for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes to a BMI of 30, which is the point at which overweight begins to be classified as obesity. Until now, Nice has said that people with type 2 diabetes could be considered at a BMI of 35. If the change in guidance were confirmed, it would mean a huge rise in the numbers who could be referred for assessment and possibly surgery if their doctors think it appropriate.

[link url=]Full report in The Guardian[/link]
[link url=]NICE draft guidelines[/link]

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