Thursday, May 06, 2010

Racism in BMI criteria?- need for new research to be reflected in Access to Care

92 million Diabetics in China

Here is the abstract of the New England Journal article

and even more than that on the borderline (148 million) note that the BMI's are much lower than the 1991 NIH criteria - see Dr Rubino videos below

This uncomfortable question is getting around the surgical community - if there is disease despite lower BMI, does using BMI as an exclusion for coverage constitute racism on the part of of providers and insurers? The NIH criteria were set in 1991 as expert opinion, which should/could be updated now with data from actual additional research (as loudly called for by many on that original panel!)

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