Friday, August 30, 2013
Some of you may know that I'm an advocate of permanent changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle, as well as a "slow-and-steady" approach, to lose weight and keep it off. As part of my research for the course I teach (Food, Hunger and Obesity: from biochemistry to political economy), I recently came across this article:
Corcos, O. et al. (2013). Intestinal failure after bariatric surgery. Lancet, 382:742.
This was a medical case study and the facts were essentially these: a woman with a BMI of 45 had laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. 28 months later she shows up at the hospital with mal-nutrition and liver failure. Starting 16 months after banding she had acute vomiting, abdominal pain, dehydration and acute renal failure. Parts of her gastric system has started to die and they had to do gastric bypass surgery. Then she developed chronic diarrhea and vitamin deficiencies.