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How weight-loss surgery can leave you crippled

I don’t know what’s worse: suffering from health problems caused by obesity… or being slim, trim, and crippled.

But if you have stomach-shrinking surgery, you can find out firsthand — because you can experience the worst of both worlds if you try to lose weight with one of these increasingly popular procedures.

Within just one year after surgery… just as you’re proudly showing off your svelte new bod… you could suffer a life-altering bone break.

We’re not talking bad luck or a freak accident.

The new study shows how the bone itself can go bad, rotting from the inside. Instead of solid bone, you’ll be stuck with stale pretzel sticks.

One bad move, and… CRACK!

In fact, the bone gets so weak that the researchers say it matches what they would expect to see in osteoporosis patients.

Except in this case, it’s like osteoporosis on steroids, because the risk of a bone break jumps within 12 months of your surgery and then keeps rising for three years.

It holds steady for a little while, then rises again — hitting new peaks at the eight- and 13-year marks.

Overall, obese folks who have the surgery are 44 percent more likely to suffer bone breaks — and while the study doesn’t show the reason for it, it’s pretty clear what’s going on here.

As you’ve read in the Daily Dose, bariatric surgeries can block your stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients and leave you suffering from debilitating nutritional deficiencies — including low levels of calcium.

When that happens, your body goes into panic mode. After all, it needs calcium to power your heart, nerve, muscles, and more.

So it gets it the only way it can: by sucking it right out of your bone!

The more it pulls out, the weaker your bone gets — and next thing you know, you’re being rushed to the ER after a simple fall has caused breaks in nine places.

That leads to months of painful rehab. You could battle mobility problems for the rest of your life, and you might even need a wheelchair.

And believe it or not, that’s not even the worst of it.

The same conditions that block calcium can leave you falling short in nearly all of your essential nutrients, including magnesium and vitamin D — also needed for bone, muscle, and heart.

In some cases, not even supplements can help you get what you need — because your newly reshaped gut blocks those nutrients, whether they come from food or a pill.

It’s like trying to fill a sieve.

That could set the stage for more than just bone breaks — because these deficiencies can have DEADLY consequences.

I know it’s tempting to take a shortcut, especially when you know you’ve got your work cut out for you. But if you need to lose some weight, do yourself a favor: Do it the right way.

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