New guideline for bariatric surgery in type 2 diabetes

bariatric surgery

bariatric surgeryBariatric surgery is increasingly seen as an effective and cost-effective treatment for obesity.  There is even some evidence that it can reverse type 2 diabetes.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) have co-produced a guideline for bariatric surgery that includes within its scope, its use in patients with type 2 diabetes.

The guideline covers:

  • Who should be offered bariatric surgery
  • Which procedure should be offered
  • Preoperative management
  • Optimal posoperative care and follow-up.

The guideline is freely available on the AACE website, along with their other diabetes publications.


  • We have not assessed the extent the guideline accords with AGREE criteria
  • The long-term effect of bariatric surgery on remission rates of type 2 diabetes is currently not well studied
  • The guideline is written from a US perspective.


Douglas Badenoch
I am an information scientist with an interest in making knowledge from systematic research more accessible to people who need it. This means you. I've been attempting this in the area of Evidence-Based Health Care since 1995. So far the results have been mixed. For some reason we expected busy clinicians to search databases and appraise papers instead of seeing patients. We also expected publishers to make the research freely available to the people who paid for it.. Ha! Hence The National Elf service.

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