Non-Surgical Weight Loss Treatment Options

Non-Surgical Weight Loss Treatment Options

There are many different options for losing weight and treating obesity including lifestyle changes and medication. The information available can be overwhelming, so speaking with your doctor is a great place to start. The Heart Foundation is another helpful resource.* 

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Diabetes Australia National Position Statement

Losing excess weight is key for managing type 2 diabetes. When lifestyle changes and medication aren’t successful, weight loss surgery can be considered. Weight loss surgery can help in achieving remission from type 2 diabetes, with remission lasting on average about 8 years. Healthy eating and physical activity remain important for weight management and disease prevention.*1

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Weight Loss Surgery Explained

If diet, exercise and medication haven’t worked for you, consider speaking to your healthcare provider about surgery.2-5 The Weight Loss Surgery page will help you understand more about the surgery journey, including speaking with your doctor, options for paying for surgery, the different procedures and what to expect afterwards. 


1.    Diabetes Australia National Position Statement. Type 2 Diabetes remission. October 2021. Available: (accessed October 2021).

2.    Pucci A, Batterham RL. J Endocrinol Invest. 2019;42(2):117-128. 

3.    Papamargaritis D, le Roux CW. Nutrients. 2021;13(3):762.

4.    Mechanick JI, et al. Endocr Pract. 2019;25(12):1346-1359. 

5.    Sumithran P, Proietto J. Clin Sci (Lond). 2013;124(4):231-241.

6.    Weight Issues Network. Our Purpose. 2021. Available: (accessed August 2021).

7.    Weight Issues Network. Why is WIN Important? 2021. Available: (accessed August 2021).

8.    The Collective for Action on Obesity. 2019. Available: (accessed September 2021).

*Disclaimer. We do not review or control the third party websites featured in this content. Products discussed on any third party site may not be approved for use in your country or may be approved for different indications in your country, and we do not endorse the use or promotion of unapproved products or indications. Third party websites may include video demonstrations on the use of medical devices. Where a video demonstration relates to the approved use of a medical device in your country, this should be considered as information only, and not as a surgical training guide. Other surgeons may employ different techniques and the steps demonstrated may not be the complete steps of the procedure. Individual surgeon preference and experience, as well as patient needs, may dictate a variation in procedure steps. Before using any medical device or medicinal product, review all relevant Instructions for Use, Package Inserts or Summary of Product Characteristics, with particular attention to the indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions, undesirable effects, and steps for use.

There are risks with any surgery, such as adverse reactions to medications, problems with anaesthesia, problems breathing, bleeding, blood clots, inadvertent injury to nearby organs and blood vessels, even death. Bariatric surgery has its own risks, including failure to lose weight, nutritional or vitamin deficiencies and weight regain. Patients should consult their doctor to determine whether this procedure is appropriate for their condition. Alternative options to surgery include a healthy energy-controlled diet and physical activity.

This information is intended for residents of Australia only.

The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always talk to your doctor before you make decisions about your health.

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