Weight Loss Surgery can Raise Fracture Risk
New research reveals that weight-loss surgery drastically increases the risk of suffering fractures. Previous research had indicated that people undergoing weight-loss surgery faced a 1.8-fold higher risk of fracture.
Now, latest research indicates this risk is actually about 2.3 times higher. This study will be presented soon at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society to be held at Boston.
The researchers say the chances of breaking hands or feet are three times greater than normal. They warn prospective patients of weight-loss surgery to consider the effects of the procedure on their bone health.
In the study, 258 patients of bariatric surgery were monitored. 79 patients suffered 132 fractures in nine years. Sedentary patients were more at risk of suffering a fracture compared to physically active ones.
The researchers opine that more studies are required to explain why weight-loss surgeries may lead to fractures and how to prevent them from occurring. They say doctors need to advise patients on consuming enough vitamin D and calcium, and on ways to prevent falls and accidents.