Bone loss persists 2 years after weight-loss surgery

Patients continue to lose bone for two years after undergoing a gastric bypass, according to a new study.

The long-term consequences are unclear, but it might put them at increased risk of fracture or breaking a bone, according to the study presented in Chicago at a joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014.

It means bone health may need to be monitored in patients undergoing bariatric surgery, says study leader Dr Elaine Yu, an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr Yu's team previously