New Guidelines Call for Metabolic Surgery as Treatment for Diabetes
45 Groups Including American Diabetes Association, International Diabetes Federation and American Society for Metabolic and
Bariatric Surgery Endorse Recommendations
For the first time, metabolic surgery is included as a standard treatment option in clinical practice guidelines for people with diabetes, even for those who have mild obesity. According to the new guidelines, metabolic surgery should be recommended to treat type 2 diabetes in patients with Class III obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 40), as well as in those with Class II obesity (BMI between 35 and 39.9) if hyperglycemia is inadequately controlled.
The conclusions found in the new guidelines and recommendations are based on a large body of evidence including 11 randomized clinical trials showing that in most cases, surgery can either reduce blood sugar levels below diabetic thresholds (“diabetes remission”) or maintain adequate glycemic control despite major reduction in medication usage.
The guidelines come just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced that rates of obesity in America are continuing to rise, particularly among women. For the first time, more than 40 percent of women have obesity, compared to 35 percent of men. Overall, about 38 percent of all adults have obesity, which is linked to a whole host of other diseases and conditions including diabetes. The ADA reports that in 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, had diabetes, and 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Source: 2016 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Find more information or to schedule a consultation, call 1-800-633-8446 or attend one of our Information Seminars!