The study shows how exercise can help protect bone health after weight loss surgery

A recent study showed the adverse effects weight loss surgery has on bone health and how exercise can help solve this problem.

The study shows how exercise can help protect bone health after weight loss surgery

A recent study showed the adverse effects weight loss surgery has on bone health and how exercise can help solve this problem.

The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, randomized 84 patients undergoing weight loss surgery to an exercise group or a control group for 11 months. The practice group performed high impact, balance and resistance exercises three times a week.

Twelve months after surgery, participants in the exercise group had measurements of bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and forearm compared to those in the control group. In addition, participants who attended at least half of the training sessions had higher bone mineral density in the femoral neck than those in the control group.

“These results indicated that a structured exercise program can be a valid treatment option to minimize the bone loss caused by weight loss. This can be especially important as many patients undergo surgery in early adult or even pediatric age,” said lead author Florencio Diniz -Sousa, MSc, University of Porto in Portugal.

“As stated in the World Health Organization’s recently released Physical Activity Guidelines, regular exercise should be a priority for everyone, including those who have undergone weight loss surgery.”

(With inputs from ANI)

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