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Surgery for obese people with diabetes could save the NHS £100 000 a patient, finds study

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 06 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3150
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Using bariatric surgery to treat obese patients with type 2 diabetes could save the NHS around £95 000 (€123 000; $137 000) a patient across their lifetime, British researchers have found. The savings come mostly from reduced drug usage as a result of remission of diabetes.

Robust evidence shows that bariatric surgery improves health in a range of metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes. Since 2014 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended that people with type 2 diabetes who have a BMI of 35 or …

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