Prevalence of obesity in the United Kingdom has tripled in the last 20 years and this is driving an epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Indeed, today the vast majority of patients with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Effective weight management leading to modest weight loss to the order of 5-10% of body weight can lead to significant clinically meaningful benefits provided it can be maintained. Thus weight management can lead to improved glycaemic control, better blood pressure control and lipid control in addition to other benefits. Management of diabetic patients who are obese requires management also of other associated co-morbid conditions and it is important to ensure that glycaemic control does not deteriorate during weight management. An integrated approach to weight management in the diabetic patient is recommended which helps to promote lifestyle modification for all patients. Drug therapy may be appropriate for many obese patients who do not reach target weight loss with lifestyle modification alone. Surgery should be reserved for those wfth BMI >40 only after failed medical therapy.
|Journal||Current Medical Research and Opinion|
|Volume||18 Suppl 1|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2002|