June 05, 2014

Obesity Surgery Changes Taste, Smell, Appetite

The journal Obesity Surgery has published a study on the effects of (Roux-en-Y) gastric bypass surgery.  It indicates that patients will likely experience sensory changes in taste, smell or appetite.  The Leicester Royal Infirmary in Leicester, England reported that a group of 103 patients who had surgery between 2000 and 2011 had the following side effects:
  • 97% experienced changes in appetite
  • 73% had changes in taste
  • 43% had changes in smell
  • 73% had aversion to specific foods

Those with food aversions (most often to meat products) had significantly greater weight loss and loss in body mass index.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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