New guideline for bariatric surgery in type 2 diabetes

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Bariatric 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.

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The AACE produces a range of guidelines for diabetes care.  Click the logo to browse them.

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.