Revised guidance on obesity (with reference to T2 diabetes)

The NICE guidance on obesity has been updated, opening the door for those with T2 diabetes who are obese to have gastric bypass surgery to help them lose weight, take control of their diabetes and in some cases, cure the condition.  Specific reference is also now made to those of Asian family origin - see below.  Talk to your consultant if you are concerned about your weight, have tried but failed to reduce your calorie intake and think you might qualify for help.      

1.11 Bariatric surgery for people with recent-onset type 2 diabetes

1.11.1 Offer an expedited assessment for bariatric surgery to people with a BMI of 35 or over who have recent-onset type 2 diabetes[12] as long as they are also receiving or will receive assessment in a tier 3 service (or equivalent). [new 2014]

1.11.2 Consider an assessment for bariatric surgery for people with a BMI of 30–34.9 who have recent-onset type 2 diabetes[12] as long as they are also receiving or will receive assessment in a tier 3 service (or equivalent). [new 2014]

1.11.3 Consider an assessment for bariatric surgery for people of Asian family origin who have recent-onset type 2 diabetes[12] at a lower BMI than other populations (see recommendation 1.2.8) as long as they are also receiving or will receive assessment in a tier 3 service (or equivalent). [new 2014]

The full NICE guidance can be read HERE.