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Gut Surgery Spawns Slimming Microbes

Rapid weight loss after gastric bypass surgery may be driven by changes in the gut microbiome.

RELATED TAGS: OBESITY, PERSONAL HEALTH

Gastric bypass surgery, in which the stomach is stitched into a tiny pouch, has long been seen as a last resort for the dangerously obese. Doctors attributed rapid post-surgical weight loss to reduced hunger and restricted eating resulting from the smaller stomach. 

But new evidence suggests weight loss may result when the procedure alters the types of microbes in the gut.

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