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UK bariatric registry demonstrates surgery improves health of patients

Outcomes from the United Kingdom’s National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR) demonstrates that bariatric surgery leads to weight loss and substantial improvements in obesity-related co-morbidities, and as a result patients became healthier and more functional. These are the conclusions from an analysis from over 50,000 bariatric procedures.

Large increase in T2DM among UK youngsters

More and more young people are being treated for Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) that has reported that the number of patients in their youth being treated for type 2 diabetes has risen by 41 percent over the last four years.

The team looked at data from 715 people under the age of 25 years treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales between 2016 and 2017. They noted that 78.6 percent of the patients were obese.

Over 4 million adults will have morbid obesity in UK by 2035

Across England, Wales, and Scotland, morbid obesity rates in adults are expected to soar over the next 17 years - with the number of morbidly obese adults likely to exceed 4 million by 2035 - more than double the 1.9 million in 2015, according to study by researchers from London and Sligo, Ireland, who presented the study at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Vienna, Austria.

UK bariatric registry demonstrates safety and effectiveness of surgery

Bariatric surgery leads to weight loss and substantial improvements in obesity-related co-morbidities, according to a paper reporting the outcomes from the National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR) in the United Kingdom. Most notably, bariatric surgery noted to be safe despite the patients having more obesity-related disease over time.

Private centre in UK finds LAGB safe and durable

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) is a safe procedure, which delivers significant and durable weight loss with acceptable complications rates and low re-operation rate, according to a retrospective study from more than 2,200 patients who underwent the procedure at a private clinic in the UK between June 2004 and October 2014. The study is believed to be the first such report from the private sector in the UK.

EndoBarrier is a safe and effective treatment for obesity and T2DM

The EndoBarrier is a safe and effective treatment strategy in overweight patients with poor glycaemic control despite medical therapy, or in those who are eligible but decline bariatric surgery, according to UK researchers who evaluated the safety and efficacy of the a duodenal-jejunal sleeve bypass as an alternative treatment of diabetes mellitus in obese patients.

Experts publish updated guidance for overweight and obese services

Guidance on commissioning weight assessment services and management clinics in the UK, first published in 2014, has been updated and now includes guidelines on children and young people. The guidance is sponsored by and represents the views of 22 professional organisations including nine medical Royal Colleges directly concerned with patient care.

Cost-effective bariatric surgery under-utilised in the UK

A keynote session at the 22nd World Congress of IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) in London, has called for an increase in bariatric surgery in the number of procedures in the UK, as procedure numbers revealed the UK is behind other countries, including near neighbours in Europe.

More than 2,000 experts from around the world have gathered in the capital for the World Congress to share expertise on tackling the global obesity crisis, with the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) as the host association.

Childhood obesity causes lasting damage into adulthood

Obesity in childhood has long term health implications stretching into adulthood, according to a study in the journal Obesity Reviews. Researchers from the University of Surrey, UK, identified increased arterial damage and enhanced likelihood of pre-diabetes in participants who were obese in childhood. The damage, an increased thickness of these vital arteries, heightens the likelihood of an individual suffering from cardiovascular disease in later life.

Focus on sugar is hampering UK obesity battle

Public debate around obesity has become dangerously fixated with sugar, according to one of the UK's leading experts on obesity and diabetes.Responding to the latest NHS statistics showing that obesity prevalence in adults increased from 15 percent in 1993 to 27 percent and that over one in three children leaving primary school were measured as obese or overweight in 2015, Dr James Brown from the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham, said a multi-pronged approach was needed to tackle the UK's worrying levels of overweight and obesity, arguing that the upcoming

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