Obesity Surgery

, Volume 28, Issue 12, pp 3976–3983 | Cite as

Safety of Blood Glucose Response Following Exercise Training After Bariatric Surgery

  • Émilie Proulx
  • Audrey Auclair
  • Marie-Eve Piché
  • Jany Harvey
  • Myriam Pettigrew
  • Laurent Biertho
  • Simon Marceau
  • Paul PoirierEmail author
Original Contributions



Safety of exercise training in relationship with the risk of hypoglycemia post-bariatric surgery is unknown.


To evaluate the safety and magnitude of changes in blood glucose levels during exercise training following bariatric surgery.

Material and Methods

Twenty-nine severely obese patients undergoing either sleeve gastrectomy (SG) (n = 16) or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS) (n = 13) were prospectively enrolled. Three months after surgery, patients participated in a 12-week supervised exercise training program, (35-min aerobic training with a 25-min resistance exercises) three times a week. Capillary blood glucose (CBG) levels were measured immediately before and after each exercise session.


Seven patients (24%) had type 2 diabetes before surgery (mean duration: 10 years); four patients still have type 2 diabetes 3 months post-bariatric surgery. A total of 577 exercise training sessions with CBG monitoring were recorded. Only seven sessions (1.2%) were associated with an episode of asymptomatic hypoglycemia (CBG ≤ 3.9 mmol/L). Patients with type 2 diabetes at baseline showed a larger decrease in CBG with pre-exercise CBG being between 6.1 and 8.0 mmol/L (− 1.6 ± 1.2 vs. − 1.1 ± 0.9 mmol/L, p = 0.02). BPD-DS patients with CBG ≥ 6.1 mmol/L showed higher reduction in CBG following exercise vs. SG patients (− 1.7 ± 1.0 vs. − 1.1 ± 1.1 mmol/L; p < 0.001 and − 4.3 ± 1.0 vs. − 2.2 ± 1.4 mmol/L, p < 0.001, respectively).


Three months after bariatric surgery, exercise training program in patients without and with type 2 diabetes is safe, and is associated with a desirable glycemic profile, with few episodes of asymptomatic hypoglycemia.


Bariatric surgery Exercise training Capillary blood glucose Safety 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Statement of Human Rights

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laval UniversityQuébecCanada
  2. 2.Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de QuébecQuébec CityCanada

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