Although there are many important criteria that need to be met when deciding who is a good candidate for bariatric surgery, it appears body mass index may not have to be high on the list.
A new Canadian study finds factors other than B-M-I, like diabetes, are more important in predicting the risk of death in patients eligible for bariatric surgery.
University of Alberta researchers looked at nearly 16,000 obese people with an average B-M-I of 36.2. An adult with a BMI over 30 is considered obese. Results show age and type-2 diabetes were the strongest risk factors for death within 10 years, while B-M-I 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.