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Weight loss surgery to tackle Type 2 diabetes

The NHS should offer weight loss surgery to thousands more people in order to tackle an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes, according to health watchdog NICE.

NICE is recommending all patients with a BMI of 35 or over who have recent-onset Type 2 diabetes should be assessed for surgery. Patients must have tried and failed to achieve clinically beneficial weight loss by all other appropriate non-surgical methods and be fit for surgery.

Weight loss surgery is also beneficial for people with a BMI of 30-34.9 who have recent-onset type 2 diabetes that is very poorly controlled, NICE has said. To read more, click here.

'Better training needed to improve care for those living with diabetes'

By Simon O’Neill, Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison at Diabetes UK

We all know that treating diabetes costs the NHS an incredible amount of money – around £10 billion a year – but Diabetes UK believes that money should be invested more wisely, beginning with ensuring that healthcare staff who treat people with diabetes have the right training and skills. Research1 carried out by Diabetes UK earlier this year, found that sixty per cent of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England which took part in the charity’s online poll do not fund specific diabetes education for their healthcare professionals, and almost half do not assign time for them to undertake diabetes-related education, training or development. To read more, click here.

Diabetes support forum celebrates 6th birthday

The Diabetes UK Support forum, which has 25,000 visits a month and 13,000 members, is celebrating its 6th birthday.

Alan Eastwood, 56, who lives in Southampton, is the forum’s moderator. He said: “It’s my job as admin to provide a welcoming and secure community where people can feel free to discuss their experiences, worries and problems in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.” To read more, click here

Study highlights postcode lottery over Type 2 diabetes and obesity risk

The risk of Type 2 diabetes could be linked to how close people live to fast-food outlets, a new study has found.

The research led by the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has found that there was a higher number of fast-food outlets within 500 metres of inner-city neighbourhoods described as non-white as well as in socially deprived areas.

The study was carried out by a team from the Leicester Diabetes Centre at Leicester General Hospital in collaboration with the University of Leicester. To read more, click here.