NICE draft guidance recommends lowering body mass threshold for weight loss surgery

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 11 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4603
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Bariatric surgery should now be considered for anyone with a recent diagnosis of type 2 diabetes who has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, draft guidance has said1—which could lead to thousands more people in England undergoing the procedure.

Current guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that people with a BMI of 40 or more should be offered bariatric surgery as long as they have tried and failed with other methods of weight loss.

But the new draft guidelines have recommended that people with recent onset type 2 diabetes with a BMI of 35 or over should be offered …

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