-- Scott Roberts
THURSDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) -- The Lap-Band gastric
banding device has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration for people who are less obese than previous
candidates, device maker Allergan said.
Under the expanded approval, people may now qualify for the
stomach-restricting device if they have failed other weight-loss
regimens and have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40. Some 37
million Americans have a BMI in that range, along with at least one
coexisting condition such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high
blood pressure or sleep apnea, the company said in a news
Previously, the device -- a silicone band placed around the
upper stomach -- had been restricted to people with a BMI of at
least 35 if they had a related chronic health condition or 40 if
they had no such problem,
The New York Times reported.
Under the initial approval, a person 5-feet, 6 inches tall with
diabetes would have to weigh 216 pounds to be a candidate for the
device. Under the new rules, that person would have to weigh 186
pounds, the newspaper said.
Obesity is the second-highest cause of preventable death in the
United States, next to smoking, Allergan said. The company is based
in Irvine, Calif.
The FDA has more about the
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