Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, based in Sweden. Researchers found that bariatric surgery is far more effective than traditional care and lifestyle changes in preventing diabetes among obese individuals.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/diabetes-articles/the-hidden-truth-about-bariatric-surgery), the study used a treatment group that included 1,658 subjects who had undergone bariatric surgery, compared to a control group of 1,771 equally obese people who had received traditional care. Over 15 years of follow-up, 110 people in the surgery group developed diabetes, compared to nearly 400 in the control group. There was no difference between men and women. This equates to more than an 80% risk reduction, which is very high and sure to put wind in the sails of those who support bariatric surgery.
Of nutritional concerns following this surgery, the most common deficiencies are for vitamin B12, iron, and folate in two specific surgeries: Biliopancreatic Diversion (BPD) and Short Limb Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass (RYGB).
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin also reports that these deficiencies may develop slowly, and aren’t diagnosed until many years after surgery. For this reason, it’s a good idea to take supplements right after surgery. Also, patients should have their doctor measure nutrient levels at each annual physical. RYGB leads to a common drop in iron, particularly among middle-aged women. Research shows that almost half of all RYGB patients end up with iron deficiency within four years.
The article notes that vitamin B12 can be even worse after RYGB, with up to seven out of every 10 patients becoming vitamin B12–deficient. People who can tolerate meat are less likely to suffer this deficiency, as well as folate and iron deficiencies, compared to those who cannot tolerate meat. Still, taking vitamin B12 supplements can correct this deficiency in the vast majority of patients.
Another two important nutrients that the article recommends keeping an eye on are calcium and vitamin D. Deficiencies in these nutrients are more common in obese people due to lack of exercise and high body fat. Individuals should pay close attention to these nutrients, whether they have the surgery or not.
(SOURCE: “Bariatric Surgery and Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in Swedish Obese Persons,” NEJM, Aug. 23, 2012.)
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