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Bacteria that live in the gut change after gastric-bypass surgery and may aid in weight loss,...

Bacteria that live in the gut change after gastric-bypass surgery and may aid in weight loss, according to a recent study. Gastric surgery helps people lose weight by shrinking the size of the stomach and making it tougher to absorb calories, now scientists think it may also adjust gastrointestinal bacteria, contributing to weight loss and raising the possibility for less-drastic obesity treatment.
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  • Ohrama
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    Sounds like a circuitous or self-serving explanation or justification for the surgery. Why not directly aim to increase those good bacteria through proper diet etc.?
    28 Mar 2013, 05:42 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Also, gastric bypass surgery very expensive. Do not see millions of people affording it, or our healthcare programs covering it.
    28 Mar 2013, 07:41 PM Reply Like
  • cheesedo
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    I just read the link, this is study was in mice, I think they may be saying adjusting gastroInt bacteria may be a viable therapeutic target, look for clinically effective therapy that does that without the surgery... they introduced microbs from mice that had gastric bypass surgery into obese mice that didn't and they lost weight but they are not sure why. Maybe they felt sick from having microbes injected into their gut? lol

     

    anyway, once again a headline that means only exciting news for obese mice... until it is shown this 1. works in humans 2. is sustainable and not just a short term weight loss as seen in the study 3. answer what was the cause of the weight loss, mice eating less, fat loss vs water loss vs muscle loss, etc. In other words interesting fodder to keep the research grant money flowing into Harvard
    28 Mar 2013, 11:43 PM Reply Like
  • yesterday
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    Read the last sentence:"...raising the possibility for less-drastic obesity treatment." I think that's exactly what the drug company is trying to do: use certain "good bacteria" to help people lose weight, and skip the "drastic" surgery.
    29 Mar 2013, 01:04 AM Reply Like
  • GaryLee276
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    This idea is huge. Adjust or supply the bacteria and there is no need for surgery.
    29 Mar 2013, 03:46 AM Reply Like
  • Maninder Batra
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    Why not focus on prevention rather than the cure??
    29 Mar 2013, 06:31 AM Reply Like
  • GaryLee276
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    I know Maninder. But some poor souls can't stop eating just like some people can't stop drinking alcohol.
    29 Mar 2013, 06:34 AM Reply Like
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