Bariatric surgery should not be last resort for diabetes: experts

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute researchers Associate Professor John Dixon and Professor Paul Zimmet, with colleagues from New York and London, say concern is growing that BMI should not necessarily govern surgical indication because it does not adequately show individual risk and benefit.

“Interest is increasing in the use of bariatric surgery in people who are class 1 obese (i.e. people with a BMI 30–35kg/m²) and a strong evidence base is needed,” they wrote.

Draft Australian guidelines recommend a bariatric