Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Type 2 diabetes 'cut' after weight-loss surgery (UK)

Type 2 diabetes 'cut' after weight-loss surgery (UK)The UK's first large-scale study on the impact of weight-loss surgery has reported a large reduction in type 2 diabetes and other health problems. The National Bariatric Surgery Registry said type 2 diabetes fell by 50% and on average patients lost nearly 60% of their excess weight a year after surgery, based on 1,421 operations. The Royal College of Surgeons says the NHS should prepare for rising demand. Ministers say it is up to the local NHS to provide weight management services. The report says the world has been engulfed by a pandemic of obesity. In the UK, it says there are about one million people who could benefit from bariatric surgery - which includes gastric bypasses and gastric bands - BBC

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