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Exercise May Prevent Bone Loss After Gastric Bypass Surgery

By Matt McMillen ,

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Weight-loss surgery can dramatically improve your blood glucose levels but it has risks, including bone-weakening osteoporosis. Exercise, however, may help keep your bones healthy and protect against fractures. Researchers recruited 70 women in Brazil, ages 25 to 55, who had undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, which typically results in dramatic weight loss. Nearly 15 percent had type 2 diabetes. Half of the women were randomly assigned to exercise sessions three times a week for up to 90 minutes each; the other half did not exercise. After six months of strength-building and aerobic workouts, the exercisers had significantly less bone loss in their necks, hips, and forearms. If you plan to undergo weight-loss surgery, talk to your doctor about the ideal post-op exercise program for you.
Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, published online July 19, 2019

 

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