Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery does not only shrink waists, but also results in gene-expression alterations, researchers from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, reported in the journal Cell Reports.
Professor Juleen Zierath and team explained that gastric bypass surgery, which is often performed on obese patients, can significantly reduce their body weight in a short time. They add, that for reasons that are not entirely clear, the surgical procedure can also bring patients with type 2 diabetes into remission. However, bypass surgery can only help diabetes, it is not a cure.
The team also found that in extremely obese patients, the levels of genes that control fat burning and storage are altered, leading to poor metabolic health. Gastric bypass surgery seems to help bring these genes back to a healthy state.
Zierath and team believe this gene-expression correction that occurs after surgery contributes significantly to their weight loss and improved metabolism.
Gastric bypass surgery leads to weight loss which leads to DNA changes
Gastric Bypass Surgery Corrects Genes As Well As Shrinking Waists
Last Update : 2017-12-13 04:53:43