Impact of Pre-operative Aerobic Exercise on Cardiometabolic Health and Quality of Life in Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery

Nicole M. Gilbertson, Natalie Z.M. Eichner, Mahnoor Khurshid, Elizabeth A. Rexrode, Sibylle Kranz, Arthur Weltman, Peter T. Hallowell, Steven K. Malin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

11 Scopus citations


Objective: Examine the effect of aerobic exercise (EX) combined with standard medical care (SC) (EX + SC) compared to SC alone on cardiometabolic health and quality of life in relation to surgical outcomes. Methods: Patients receiving bariatric surgery were match-paired to 30 days of pre-operative SC (n = 7, 1 male, 39.0 ± 5.3 years, body mass index 46.4 ± 3.0 kg/m2; low calorie diet) or EX + SC (n = 7, 0 males, 45.6 ± 4.8 years, body mass index 43.9 ± 4.2 kg/m2; walking 30 min/day, 5 days/week, 65–85% HRpeak). Body mass, waist circumference, cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2peak), high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), cytokeratin 18 (CK18), weight related quality of life (QoL), and a 120 min mixed meal tolerance test (MMTT) was performed to assess arterial stiffness via augmentation index normalized to a heart rate of 75 beats per minute (AIx@75), whole-body insulin sensitivity, and glucose total area under the curve (tAUC) pre- and post-intervention (∼2 days prior to surgery). Length of hospital stay (admission to discharge) was recorded. Results: EX + SC had a greater effect for decreased intake of total calories (P = 0.14; ES = 0.86) compared to SC, but no change in body weight or waist circumference was observed in either group. EX + SC had a greater effect for increased VO2peak (P = 0.24; ES = 0.91) and decreased hs-CRP (P = 0.31; ES = 0.69) compared to SC. EX + SC reduced circulating CK18 (P = 0.05; ES = 3.05) and improved QoL (P = 0.02) compared to SC. Although EX + SC had no statistical effect on arterial stiffness compared to SC, we observed a modest effect size for AIx@75 tAUC (P = 0.36; ES = 0.52). EX + SC had a significantly shorter length of hospital stay (P = 0.05; ES = 1.38) than SC, and a shorter length of hospital stay was associated with decreased sugar intake (r = 0.55, P = 0.04). Decreased AIx@75 tAUC significantly correlated with improved whole-body insulin sensitivity (r = −0.59, P = 0.03) and glucose tAUC (r = 0.57, P = 0.04). Conclusion: EX with SC for 30 days prior to bariatric surgery may be important for cardiometabolic health, quality of life, and surgical outcomes in the bariatric patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1018
JournalFrontiers in Physiology
StatePublished - Aug 26 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Impact of Pre-operative Aerobic Exercise on Cardiometabolic Health and Quality of Life in Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this