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Risk of unhealthy alcohol use increased after bariatric surgery

JAMA Network Open
Reuters Health - 24/12/2020 - After bariatric surgery, a person's risk of developing unhealthy drinking patterns is increased, regardless of whether or not they were unhealthy drinkers before having weight-loss surgery, new research in U.S. veterans shows. Risks were slightly higher for patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) compared to those who had laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), Dr. Matthew L. Maciejewski of the Durham VA Medical Center, in North Carolina, and colleagues report. "From these findings, we estimate that for every 21 patients who undergo an RYGB and every 29 who undergo an LSG, on average 1 from each group will develop unhealthy alcohol use," they conclude in JAMA Network Open. Some research has suggested an increased risk of unhealthy alcohol use after bariatric surgery, but these studies only looked at RYGB and included predominantly women, the authors note. They looked at 1,684 patients who underwent LSG and 92...

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