Family Health: Bariatric Surgery

Published 10/17 2013 02:31PM

Updated 10/17 2013 02:39PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - When considering who's a good candidate for bariatric surgery, it appears body mass index (BMI) may not have to be high on the list.

An adult with a BMI over 30 is considered obese, so Canadian researchers looked at nearly 16 thousand obese people with an average BMI of 36-point-two.

Results show age and Type 2 diabetes were the strongest risk factors for death, while BMI was the weakest.

Researchers say the next step would be to determine a low - moderate - and high risk threshold to help people make an informed decision.

"I think the paper is telling us something that many clinicians and investigators knew, that having diabetes is a risk for your health - even higher than being overweight," says Dr. Bartolome Burguera, an endocrinologist with the Cleveland Clinic.

The findings appear online in "JAMA Surgery."

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