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Bariatric surgery patients at higher risk of death from substance abuse

The death rate from drug- and alcohol-related causes in patients who have had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is nearly triple that of the general public, according to University of Pittsburgh researcher. The study also found that fewer than half of those who died had triggered a safety protocol for problematic substance use. Only one of those who died was known to have received treatment for substance use disorder.

Gastric bypass surgery can improve psychiatric behaviours

Bariatric surgery can results in improvements in patients’ psychiatric behaviours such as eating behaviours, mood disorders and body image, although the mechanism as to why is not clear, according to a study by Portuguese researchers. Published in the Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo), the paper ‘A psychiatric perspective view of bariatric surgery patients’, states that despite these improvements clinicians should be aware that a risk of suicide and substance abuse (especially alcohol) after gastric bypass surgery remain in some patients.

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