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New Guidelines Call for Metabolic Surgery as Treatment for Diabetes
For the first time, metabolic surgery is included as a standard treatment option in clinical practice guidelines for people with diabetes, even for those who have mild obesity. The evidence-based guidelines were published in the June 2016 issue of Diabetes Care, and carry the endorsement of 45 international professional organizations including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Obesity in America Reaches New Highs
New research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows between 2013 and 2014, a record number of women had obesity -- about 40 percent. Rates of obesity among men on the other, while still high at 35 percent have remained the same since 2012, the last time the census was conducted. This leaves an overall obesity rate among adults of about 38 percent – nearly 8 percent had severe obesity, including 5.5 percent of men and almost 10 percent of women.

Joint Scientific Statement Supports Bariatric Surgery as Treatment for High Cholesterol and for Reducing Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Three professional societies that treat patients with high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and obesity agree that bariatric surgery is generally safe and effective in helping patients lose significant weight, improve cholesterol and lipid levels, and reduce major risk factors for heart disease.