Recommendation ID
What is the long-term effect of bariatric surgery on diabetes-related complications and quality of
life in people with type 2 diabetes compared with optimal medical treatment?
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Short-term studies (1–2 years) show that patients with type 2 diabetes who undergo bariatric surgery lose more weight and have better blood glucose control than those treated with conventional diabetes management. There are no long-term data (that is, over 3 years) to show whether this results in reduced development of diabetes complications and improved quality of life compared with standard care.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Obesity: identification, assessment and management
Date issued
November 2014

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 22/12/2014