It's widely agreed that people who are living with diabetes and obesity can improve their outcomes by losing weight. For this reason, bariatric surgery is sometimes indicated for such individuals. This intervention may significantly improve quality of life and boost life expectancy, too.
But research shows there is a point where the risks may begin to outweigh the benefits of bariatric surgery.
People with diabetes and a body mass index (BMI) of 62 or higher seem to not benefit from bariatric surgery, researcher Dr. Daniel Schauer at the University of Cincinnati and his colleagues found, according to a release on Diabetes.co.uk.
"For most patients with diabetes and a BMI greater than 35, bariatric surgery increases life expectancy," Schauer said in the release. "However, the benefit of surgery decreases as BMI increases. The patients with a BMI over 62 likely don't gain any life expectancy with surgery."
While Schauer and his colleagues expected this benefit of bariatric surgery to increase as patients' BMIs went up, this study suggests that the opposite seems to be the case.
While these unexpected findings are important to understand, remember to always consult with your doctor about your individual treatment options and the risks inherent in them. If you are living with both diabetes and severe obesity, bariatric surgery is likely not the only way for you to better your health.