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Should more patients with diabetes be offered weight loss surgery?

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This week we reported that more people with type 2 diabetes are likely to become eligible for weight-loss surgery.

NICE’s new draft guidance suggests people with a BMI score of 30 to 35 should be considered for an assessment for weight-loss operations if they have been diagnosed with diabetes within the last 10 years.

This could mean hundreds of thousands more patients could be considered for treatment.


What do you think of this story?

  • Should more patients with diabetes be offered weight loss surgery?
  • Is there a risk that this option may be seen as a “quick fix”?
  • With 10% of the NHS budget currently spent on diabetes, could this save the NHS money in the long run?
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  • Anonymous

    It never ceases to amaze me that obesity is such a demonised condition. Surely no one can really think the morbidly obese want to be like that? Anorexia is rightly seen as complex psychiatric problem, and yet overeating is not - why is that? I do not think enough research is undertaken to discover the cause of childhood obesity, it is not enough to blame it on the eating habits of the mother. I am sure I am not the only person to have seen obese children who have siblings who are normal weight, so is it just down to personality or is that just a simplistic excuse. I am sure that one day we will be able to pinpoint exactly which children will become obese because they lack some obscure enzyme/chemical that limits their appetite. Until that day fat children will be ridiculed and will no doubt grow into obese adults.

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