The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is proposing more weight loss surgery in England to tackle Type 2 diabetes.
The health watchdog is proposing to lower the threshold for bariatric surgery for people with newly-diagnosed Type 2 diabetes to a BMI of 30. Until now, it has said that people with Type 2 diabetes could be considered for a gastric band at a BMI of 35.
The move could see an extra 850,000 people eligible for surgery, according to Diabetes UK. Being overweight is a risk factor in the development of Type 2 diabetes.
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