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Can weight loss surgery prevent Type 2 diabetes?


A new study has been published that has suggested weight loss surgery substantially reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Simon O’Neill, Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison at Diabetes UK, said: “This is interesting research that reinforces what we already know about weight loss being important for both preventing and managing Type 2 diabetes. But it must be remembered that surgery carries risks and so bariatric surgery should only be considered if serious attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful.

“But looking at the bigger picture, as a society we also need to focus more on stopping people becoming overweight. We need to look seriously at how we can make sure people are getting support to lose weight through access to the right services to encourage them to make healthy choices.” 

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