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Bariatric Surgery Recommended for Obese Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

April 4, 2011 — Bariatric surgery is an appropriate treatment for people with type 2 diabetes who are obese, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announced today.

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From Medscape Education Clinical Briefs

Bariatric Surgery Recommended for Obese Patients With Type 2 Diabetes CME

News Author: Robert Lowes
CME Author: Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd

CME Released: 04/04/2011; Valid for credit through 04/04/2012

 

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April 4, 2011 — Bariatric surgery is an appropriate treatment for people with type 2 diabetes who are obese, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announced today.

Although such operations cost anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000, they will reduce healthcare expenditures in the long run, according to a new IDF position paper on the subject. The surgery, the IDF explains, often normalizes blood glucose levels and reduces or avoids the need for medication.

Dr. Francesco Rubino

In addition, curbing diabetes can stave off costly complications such as blindness, limb amputations, and dialysis, said Francesco Rubino, MD, director of the IDF’s 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes, meeting today in New York City.

“When we talk about whether we can afford bariatric surgery, we have to ask what will be the cost if we don’t treat the patient,” Dr. Rubino told Medscape Medical News. “Studies have shown the surgery to be cost-effective. So there is a return on investment.”

The IDF puts the lifetime cost of diabetes in the United States at $172,000 for a person diagnosed at age 50 years and $305,000 at age 30 years. More than 60% of this amount is incurred in the first 10 years after diagnosis.

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