Gastric surgery 'changed my life'
The UK's first large-scale study on the impact of weight-loss surgery has reported a large reduction in type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
A year after surgery, the cases of type 2 diabetes fell by 50%, and on average patients lost nearly 60% of their excess weight, the National Bariatric Surgery Registry said.
Jerome Timbrell, a self-employed safety officer, had his operation in October 2008. At the time his weight had made him a borderline diabetic.
Before the operation he was 23 stone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 43, he is now 12-and-a-half stone with a BMI of 25.
Branwen Jeffreys reports.