Bariatric surgery or medical care? A new tool can help

The online calculator offers a 'glimpse into the future' for patients weighing up the procedure, says US surgeon

GPs can help their patients with diabetes and obesity weigh up the benefits of metabolic surgery over standard medical therapy with an online risk calculator, US researchers say.

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The Individualised Diabetes Complication (IDC) Risk Calculator predicts the likelihood that an individual patient will die or develop cardiovascular disease or diabetic kidney disease within the next 10 years depending on whether they have bariatric surgery or stick with medical therapy.

It quantifies outcomes with and without metabolic