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Successful treatment of obesity and insulin resistance via ketogenic diet status post Roux-en-Y


This is a single case of a 65-year-old American woman who presented with substantial weight gain and insulin resistance (IR) post-Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery. Before RYGB, she had reached 340 lbs (155 kg) and a body mass index (BMI) of 56.6 kg/m2. The surgery resulted in a 70 lbs (32 kg) weight loss, bringing her BMI, per cent total weight loss (%TWL) and per cent excess weight loss (%EWL) to 44.9 kg/m2, 20.6% and 36.8%, respectively. Unfortunately, her BMI would return to 53.6 kg/m2, nearly her pre-RYGB BMI. It was then she sought the guidance of a primary care physician with expertise in nutrition and medical management of obesity, who placed her on a ketogenic diet. One year later, she had lost 102 lbs (46.4 kg), resulting in a BMI, %TWL and %EWL of 36.6 kg/m2, 31.7%, and 63.1%, respectively, also further resulting in significant improvements of her inflammatory biomarkers. This case presentation will explore current literature, covering the effects of obesity on IR, pre-diabetes and other disease-provoking inflammatory biomarkers.

  • endocrine system
  • diabetes
  • metabolic disorders
  • nutrition and metabolism
  • gastrointestinal surgery
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