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Bariatric surgery . . . and other stories

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: (Published 06 October 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2343

Survival after bariatric surgery

Around 60 000 people living in Sweden and Finland underwent a surgical procedure for obesity in the period 2007 to 2020. Most were treated with a gastric bypass but 16% had a sleeve gastrectomy. Over seven years of follow-up, all-cause mortality was under 3% after both procedures. People with diabetes experienced higher mortality after sleeve gastrectomy than after gastric bypass, but this observation is hard to interpret because the procedures weren’t allocated randomly (Diabetes Care doi:10.2337/dc22-0485).

Vertebral fractures

Among 2500 people aged 55 and over who took part in a longitudinal survey in Norway, 14% had one or more vertebral fractures when investigated by dual energy x ray absorptiometry. A weak, …

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