Weight Loss Surgery needs to triple for diabetes patients

Weight Loss Surgery needs to triple for diabetes patients

The health advisory body in the UK has said that the number of obese diabetes patients undergoing drastic weight loss surgery should triple in the next few years.

The health advisory body said that one in four people in the UK are obese and this is leading to a lot of people being diagnosed with diabetes. The weight loss surgery for diabetes patients should triple in order to address the situation in NHS.

Nice said gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgery should not be put off and it has scrapped recommended criteria for the surgeries to allow for early intervention. It is believed that two million people in England could be eligible for the £6,000 operation. The operation is now recommended for all those with a Body Mass Index of 30 who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and who have attempted a compulsory weight loss programme.

The health advisory body said that the NHS can save costs in the long-term as 65% of post-operation patients will no longer need any diabetes medication in the next two years and will avoid serious and costly conditions.

Professor John Wilding, a consultant physician in diabetes at University of Liverpool and Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, "I suspect somewhere higher than we are at the moment, around 15,000 a year is a more realistic target. This is part of what has to be a very comprehensive attack on this major problem."

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