I know I’m a little blog crazy right now, but I keep finding these intersting things that I know I need to be sharing. So, I stumbled upon this article that I thought that everyone should read. It really hit home for me because I have a very close friend of mine is considering weight loss surgery much to my dismay.
You can read the article in its entirety here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ENDO/14670
But here are a few major points:
- Bariatric surgery doubled the risk of fracture in a study
- Hands and feet bore the brunt of the fracture risk, occurring at rates three to four times greater than would have been predicted
- Although aggressive calcium and vitamin D supplementation after surgery may well help, it may still be insufficient to prevent the increased risk of fracture
- The findings came from long-term follow-up of about 97 patients — mean age 44, 86 women — who had bariatric surgery from 1985 to 2004. Gastric bypass accounted for 90% of the surgical procedures, and the rest of the patients had either vertical banded gastroplasty or biliopancreatic diversion. Follow-up averaged seven years.
This just proves that yet again the medical community is not considering the risks of “obesity treatments” and in trying to eliminate what they view as a “problem” all they are doing is creating more problems.