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Effects of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Osteoclast Activity and Bone Density in Morbidly Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.

INTRODUCTION: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is a well-established treatment for morbid obesity and type 2 diabetes. The effects of RYGB on bone metabolism and bone health are largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: Determine the changes in osteoclast function and bone density 1 year after RYGB as compared with a control group undergoing a diabetes support and education program (DSE). DESIGN: A prospective cohort study with patients matched for weight and age assigned to RYGB or DSE. SETTING: Large academic institution. PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and morbid obesity (body mass index greater than 35 kg/m2). INTERVENTION: Subjects either received laparoscopic RYBG or DSE, which consisted of nutritional, exercise, and dietary counseling performed by a certified diabetic educator and a nutritionist three times over a year. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Osteoclast activity, bone mineral density. RESULTS: One year after, intervention subjects undergoing RYGB have a 280% increase in osteoclast activity as compared with a 7.6% increase in the DSE control group (P < 0.001). Furthermore, there was a statistically significant increase in sclerostin levels in subjects undergoing RYGB compared with an increase in the control group. The total bone mineral density was statistically unchanged within 1 year of intervention in both groups. A statistically significant decrease in bone mineral density in the left ribs (decrease of 6.8%, P < 0.05) and lumbar spine (decrease of 4.0%, P < 0.05) was seen 1 year after RYGB. CONCLUSIONS: There is a significant increase in osteoclast activity observed 1 year after RYGB; the long-term clinical implications of this increased bone metabolism are unknown.

Citation: 

Tangalakis, Laurel L., Lawrence Tabone, Anna Spagnoli, Mike Muehlbauer, Philip Omotosho, and Alfonso Torquati. “Effects of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on Osteoclast Activity and Bone Density in Morbidly Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes..” Obes Surg, August 30, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11695-019-04154-2.

Published Date: 
Friday, August 30, 2019
Published In: 
Obes Surg
PMID: 
31471767