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Gastric band surgery

I have a bmi of 33. I am 5ft 6 and weight 91kg. I have type 2 diabetes and I'm on 4 Metformin a day and 2 Glicazide a day for it. I have horses and they are the only form of exercise i do. I have neuropathy in my feet, fibromyalgia and polycystic ovarian syndrome and the weight is creeping on. I know my diet needs some improvemnet and i am working hard on that. Would it be worth me approaching my doctor about be a gastric band operation.I just feel like I'm fighting a losing battle and having watched the prejudice weight programme on tv last night, I'm feeling spittle more positive.

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I know very little about the longer term implications of the surgery and would want to investigate before taking such frantic action.

There is lots of research about cutting out sugar that indicate this would be positive for the health issues you list. Apologies if you have already done this and not seen a positive result.

Good luck


Hi I very much doubt that at your weight you would be considered for a gastic band on the NHS. As I understand it you have to be morbidly obese to qualify.

A friend of mine, who is around 20 stone was offered it but turned it down. She said that it was because she would be left with lots of loose skin, and whilst the NHS would deal with that it would take years because it would have to stop growing first.

It is by no means an easy option and is a last resort.


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