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NHS to offer a million more people obesity surgery

11th July 2014
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued new guidelines aiming to tackle the rising issue of type 2 diabetes.

obesemanwithburgerAs is stands, 10% of the NHS budget is spent on diabetes and the overall number of patients with diabetes is on the rise.

One of the proposed solutions is to increase the number of gastric bypass surgeries.

NICE are exploring the option of increasing the frequency of gastric bypass surgery, which can cost between £3,000 and £15,000.

The surgery works for 60% of patients and is currently used as a last resort to treat people who's health is in danger.

Many are concerned over the burden of the cost of increasing the surgery, but acknowledge there may be savings in the longer term.

Current guidance allows surgery on the NHS for people with a body mass index above 35 who have other health conditions.

Diabetes UK estimates if the guidance was to change then 850,000 people could be eligible for surgery; however, this could increase to a million of the BMI were to be lowered any further.
  • One in four adults in England are obese
  • A further 42% of men are classed as overweight
  • The figure for women is 32%
  • A BMI of 30-35 cuts life expectancy by up to four years
  • A BMI of 40 or more cuts life expectancy by up to 10 years
  • Obesity costs the NHS £5.1bn every year
Source: National Institute of Health and Care Excellence

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