Stomach bypass surgery may cut sugar craving

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Roux-en-Y stomach bypass

 

The Hershey people – the ones in the chocolate business, anyway -- may not like this one.

In a type of gastric-bypass surgery called Roux-en-Y, the surgeon bypasses a large part of the stomach and replaces it with a small pouch. In theory, the patient needs less food to feel “full,” enabling them to eat less and, as a result, lose weight.

But the procedure also seems to do something to the patient’s cravings for sweets, some have reported.

This was explored in greater depth in a study of rats, performed by the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

After having the operation done, obese rats not only lost weight, but also showed a reduced preference for sugar water.

Some of the researchers were at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Doing their part to reduce candy consumption?

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