A Knife Fight Against Diabetes
Some 45 health groups, including the American Diabetes Association and the International Diabetes Federation, say more Type 2 diabetics should be undergoing weight reduction surgery to help them battle the condition.
The new guidelines are based on 11 studies that tracked diabetes patients who’d been randomly assigned either bariatric surgery or traditional treatment. The conclusion is that surgery should be an option for patients with a BMI of 40 or higher, and on patients with a BMI of 35 who cannot reduce their blood sugar through exercise and diet.
The new guidelines say the focus should be on controlling blood sugar rather than necessarily helping people lose weight.
One concern is cost. Surgery runs from $20,000 to $25,000 and often isn’t covered by insurance. With the new recommendations, though, it may become a more common option.