Might Surgical Weight Loss Put Bones at Risk?

Posted on January 4th, 2010 by Kelley Luckstein

When diet and exercise attempts haven't worked, increasing numbers of overweight people have turned to bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery to shed pounds.

 

But research reported in 2009 pointed to an unintended result: One of every five people who had bariatric surgery had broken a bone within a few years.

 

The finding came from an early analysis of data from a study by researchers from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn…

 

The researchers did not determine what caused the increase in broken limbs. Their research, presented at a meeting in June of the Endocrine Society, continues and, through a Mayo Clinic spokesman, they declined further comment

HealthDay, by Kathleen Doheny, 1/4/2010

 

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Nutrition, Orthopedics, weight loss, Wellness

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