Bone Fracture Risk Doubles After Obesity Surgery

Speaking at this year’s The Endocrine Society's annual meeting, scientists say bone fracture rate is higher among people who have underwent bariatric surgery. Researchers studied 90 people who had either vertical banded gastroplasty or biliopancreatic diversion. Seven years following their operation, 21 participants endured a total of 31 fractures. The risk for hand and foot fractures was the most elevated; Reuters explains.

Interestingly enough, in 2008 experts determined gastric bypass surgery caused bone loss, citing vitamin D and calcium deficiencies in individuals undergoing the procedure. Dr. Fuhrman lists depression and malnutrition as other harmful side-effects of weight-loss surgery.

Another report found people who underwent gastric surgery have a higher rate of suicide than the general population, but experts argue the surgery is not the reason why.

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Gerard - June 12, 2009 8:42 AM

silly question...where can i get those shoes??? for real. email me and let me know if you know. thanks

Gerry Pugliese - June 12, 2009 8:50 AM

Hey Gerard-

Ha! I have no idea. They look like Chuck's. But I don't think they are.

I like Chuck's but they don't make wide sizes to fit my big wide feet. Grrr!

Peace.
-Gerry

Steve - June 12, 2009 9:35 AM

Hi Gerry

There is a very prominent example of this surgery on TV right now, namely PGA golfer John Daly (and his nuclear trousers), who has lost about 60 pounds in 4 months. We'll see what the future holds for John.

Cheers, Steve

sharon shaw - June 13, 2009 12:22 AM

After becoming in-doctor-inated (happily!) by Dr. Fuhrman's effective approach, one can only shake one's head in disbelief at the extent to which some humans are willing to go to mutilate their internal organs in order to lose weight.

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