Doctor urged not to 'recommend very low calorie diets'

NHS doctors should be "selective" when recommending very-low calorie diets to overweight and obese patients, according to fresh guidelines.

Nice recommends:

  • Very-low calorie diets should only be used when a patient has "a clinical need to lose weight quickly," like impending joint replacement surgery.
  • The draft guideline also recommends that people who have undergone bariatric surgery on the NHS should have a "follow up care package" for at least two years after their operation.
  • In the UK around 2.9 million people have diabetes, with around 90% of cases being type 2.
  • There are also thought to be around 850,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes.

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Obese NHS patients with diabetes 'could get gastric band'

Obese people who suffer from type 2 diabetes could be offered gastric band surgery on the NHS, according to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice).