New tool Risk Calculator accurately predicts risks of death, complications from obesity and diabetes

Risk Calculator for Diabetes

According to a new study presented by Cleveland Clinic, researchers have revealed a new web-based calculator that can accurately predict the seriousness of Diabetes and Obesity.

Speaking at 36th American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2019 , researchers said the web-based calculator the likelihood of a patient with obesity  and type 2 diabetes , will die or develop serious complications like heart failure , heart heart and diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy) within the next 10 years depending on whether they have metabolic (bariatric) surgery or continue with standard medical treatment.

According to a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients who had metabolic surgery, were 39% less likely to experience a heart attack, stroke or diabetic kidney-related issues and 41% were less likely to die from any cause.

“The IDC Risk Calculator can provide a glimpse into the future for individuals with diabetes and obesity, and demonstrate the impact usual medical care versus metabolic surgery would have on their risk of death or major complications.” — said Ali Aminian, MD, FACS, FASMBS

“This can better inform treatment decisions and doctor recommendations and hopefully lead to improved patient care and outcomes”– he added.

Doctor Aminian is a leading bariatric surgeon, author and associate professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, OHIO.

The IDC Risk Calculator can be downloaded as an app for Android and IOS from Cleveland Clinic Risk Calculator Library.

“The IDC Risk Calculator is an important evidence-based tool to help patients considering metabolic surgery understand the risks and benefits of surgical treatment and the impact it can have on their health,” said Eric J. DeMaria, MD, President, ASMBS and Professor and Chief, Division of General/Bariatric Surgery, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University Greenville, NC, who was not involved in the study.

According to the American Diabetes Association,  diabetes comes as the seventh in the list of leading causes of death in the US.

It also said 1.5 million people are getting diabtes in the US every year.

According to a report in 2015, the US has more than 30.3 million diabetic patients.

“The IDC Risk Calculator is an important evidence-based tool to help patients considering metabolic surgery understand the risks and benefits of surgical treatment and the impact it can have on their health,” said Eric J. DeMaria, MD, President, ASMBS and Professor and Chief, Division of General/Bariatric Surgery, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University Greenville, NC, who was not involved in the study.

“Greater understanding may lead to more utilization for a treatment that has been shown to improve diabetes in nearly 90 percent of patients and put it into remission in about 70 percent of people.”– she added.

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