Metabolic effects of bariatric surgery

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Bariatric surgery has become increasingly more common for the treatment of morbid obesity. It is effective for reduction in overall body weight and also has beneficial effects on glucose levels and improvements in insulin resistance. The mechanisms for these improvements are not completely understood, but hypothesized to be due to a combination of post-operative reduction of caloric intake and changes in the entero-insular axis or incretin system. Other, less desirable, metabolic effects of bariatric surgery include a high incidence of nutritional deficiencies which include calcium, vitamin D, B vitamin, iron, and zinc deficiency. Hypoglycemia has also been reported in a minority of cases. All of these metabolic effects will be discussed in detail in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGastric Bypass
Subtitle of host publicationSurgical Procedures, Health Effects and Common Complications
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781608766987
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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