, Volume 33, Issue 10, pp 1983-1988
Date: 09 Jun 2009

Obesity, Gut Hormones, and Bariatric Surgery

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Abstract

Obesity is becoming the healthcare epidemic of this century. Bariatric surgery is the only effective treatment for morbid obesity. Gut hormones are key players in the metabolic mechanisms causing obesity. In this review we explore the role of these hormones as facilitators of appetite control and weight loss after bariatric surgery, and we describe the now established gut–brain axis.