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Study Determines How Bariatric Surgery Leads To Health Benefits

April 22, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
U.S., Danish and Swedish scientists report that bariatric surgery leads to weight loss, but for very different reasons than once thought. The procedure, which also has positive effects on diabetes and heart disease, apparently causes an increase in bile acids in the blood. It is the increase in these acids – not the shrinkage of the stomach – that leads to the health benefits. The findings indicate that bile acids could be a new target for treating obesity and diabetes.
Karen K. Ryan et al., "FXR is a molecular target for the effects of vertical sleeve gastrectomy. ", Nature, April 22, 2014, © Macmillan Publishers Limited
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