Sunday, October 16, 2011

Obese? Diabetic? Try surgery

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

In 2009, over 220,000 people had bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) in the U.S. – these procedures are growing in popularity as obesity rates climb.1
On Monday, the International Diabetes Federation announced that they now recommend bariatric surgery as a treatment for diabetics with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more; and also as an alternative treatment for diabetics with a BMI of 30-35, either when diabetes is not being adequately controlled with medication or in the presence of major cardiovascular risk factors. As its rationale, the IDF cites effective reversal of diabetes, reduced health costs, reduced risk of all-cause mortality, and reductions in cardiovascular risk factors that occur as a result of the surgery.2 Read more...

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