A prime example of how media will take a study and leave out key points in order to scare people. Gotta love it.
All over, the news outlets are talking about how people should maybe lay off the calcium because there may be too much risk for a cardiovascular incident versus osteoporosis prevention. What they conveniently forget to mention is that the calcium used did not contain any vitamin D, which is pretty much standard faire in the US. Vitamin D is renowned for lowering cardiovascular risk.. perhaps this study highlights that now more than ever? I can say fairly confidently that people are waking up to the need of vitamin D and post-WLS folks are some of the most educated in that realm. WTG WLSers!
Additionally, it should be noted that the problem is with fluctuating serum calcium levels — something that doesn’t happen as often with post-WLS patients as our absorption does not work the same way. Food for thought: how many post-ops, people who routinely take 1500-2000mg of calcium citrate a day (or should be..) are dropping like flies with heart disease? Not many.
Am I worried? No.
A neat little study that is in the latest JAMA looking at values from 25 hospitals and 62 surgeons performing RNY, VSG, and AGB. Basically, risk is minimal, and completely unrelated to COE accreditation. Also, there is some discussion in the full listing about the efficacy of COE accreditation (which is something I question as well).
I’ve had an email or two from people who don’t follow me on Facebook wondering what’s going on since I’ve been quiet on the blog of late. Let me try and share a bit so you don’t put out a Silver alert for me as of yet (although, my sanity? Go ahead and issue an APB for that, kay?).