Bariatric Vitamins by Procedure
Avoid Problems and
Maximize Weight Loss
Bariatric vitamins vary by
procedure and patient, but almost every
patient will need to take them for the rest of their lives
potentially serious complications and to maximize weight loss
Why Bariatric Vitamins
are Important After Surgery
It has become common
knowledge that taking vitamins is beneficial to your health. But not
really understand why
we just do it because we
Simply put, your body must have the right amounts of the right
and minerals to function at its full potential. In addition to keeping
you healthy, their benefits directly relate to achieving weight loss
regulate your body
s core processes such as
Appetite and hunger
Fat and sugar metabolism
Thyroid and adrenal function
Food is the best way for your body to get the vitamins and
needs. Despite our efforts to create the perfect multivitamin, we have
not been able to replicate the complexity of what is found in healthy
Consider broccoli. It is extremely rich in vitamins and fiber
completely integrated in to the molecular structure of the vegetable
itself. The fact that it contains the individual Vitamins
A, C, K and folate (among many other nutrients) is not the only reason
that it's healthy.
More importantly, broccoli is healthy because of how nature
the nutrients into the broccoli. Nature has
Built in specific amounts of each nutrient
Created the vegetable so that each nutrient interacts with
nutrients and elements of the broccoli in precise ways
Made the healthy elements of broccoli accessible to
absorption by your
Plucking out the single Vitamins A, C, K and folate and
them in a pill form can not reproduce the natural effect.
Still, medical research has found specific vitamins themselves
specific foods) to be essential for your body. If your diet does not
give you everything you need, vitamin and mineral supplements can help
to offset what your body doesn
t get from food.
, your body is especially vulnerable to vitamin
Reduces your body
s ability to absorb vitamins
t allow your body to hold as much food from which to
Both of the above
In addition, as many as 80% of bariatric surgery patients
enough vitamins before surgery, so the right
bariatric diet and bariatric vitamins are that much more important
Making sure your body has the right amount of each vitamin
you healthy, help you lose weight and help your body keep the weight
vitamins you will need for each type of
weight loss surgery
of bariatric surgery
will likely require some sort of
vitamin and mineral supplementation for the rest of your life.
With that said, certain procedures put you at a much greater
deficiency, namely the
procedures like the
procedures. But the same changes that can
cause vitamin deficiency also reduce the amount of calories that your
body absorbs which usually results in more weight loss.
upside of extra weight loss with the downside of potential vitamin
deficiency is a big part of choosing between the different types of
surgery. For example, if you already have deficiency problems, that may
be the deciding factor for going with a
While restrictive procedures don
t affect nutrient absorption
to the same extent,
they still carry a risk of deficiency by
Limiting the amount of food you can eat (and therefore the
vitamins and minerals you consume)
Causing intolerance to certain
For restrictive procedures, you
ll probably be taking a
that contains at least 100% of the normal recommended daily value for
most vitamins and nutrients. The malabsorptive procedures will most
likely require at least 200% of the normal recommended daily value.
top of your multivitamin, your dietary professional may recommend
additional supplementation depending on your body and the surgery you
choose. Following are the primary vitamin deficiency risks for the
surgeries (O = deficiency is especially common; x = deficiency is
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
What happens if
t take your bariatric vitamins as
Not routinely having your blood tested or ignoring your
supplementation guidelines can lead to significant problems up to and
leads to osteoporosis.
can cause anemia (when your body does not
red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body), increased
feelings of fatigue and hair loss.
can also lead to anemia.
protein is one of the most important
your body as it makes up most of your major organs. Not getting enough
can lead to a myriad of problems, including muscle deterioration, organ
failure, gallstones and even death.
(Vitamin B1) deficiency
affects the heart, digestive
and nervous system. If not caught and treated quickly, learning and
memory could be permanently affected. Ultimately, coma and death could
be the result.
Wernicke's encephalopahy is a brain injury resulting from a serious
Vitamin B1 deficiency
. Symptoms include ophthalmoplegia (disturbed or confused eye movement), ataxia (issues walking), and general confusion, among others.
While relatively rare among weight loss surgery patients, conditions like this are possible after surgery because of patients' altered diet and reduced ability to absorb nutrients, especially if the patient experiences frequent vomiting.
The best way to avoid vitamin deficiency issues like this? Always do what your doctor tells you, including vitamin deficiency tests when appropriate and strict adherence to dietary guidelines.
can lead to night blindness and increases the
risk of disease and death from severe infections. During
after weight loss surgery
, it increases the risk of night
can cause fatigue and tingling in the hands
and can eventually lead to anemia and neurological disorders.
can lead to liver and kidney disorders and
causes neurological problems, anemia and can
cause wounds to heal more slowly.
increases the risk of osteoporosis and heart
disease and can cause you to bruise more easily.
will give you brittle nails and can lead to
only way to catch some of the above
blood tests. Symptoms that start to show are often confused with other
bariatric surgery side effects, and even a physical exam from your
doctor may not be enough for a diagnosis.
In short, take bariatric
vitamins very seriously. If you
re not prepared stick to a strict
regimen forever, don
t move forward with surgery.
7 Bariatric Vitamins Tips
to Prevent Problems and Increase
So far we
ve reviewed the importance of keeping your vitamin
where they should be for reasons of health and weight loss. To
completely avoid the risk of deficiency and to improve your chances for
hitting your weight loss goals
work done before surgery
to establish your baseline
and nutrient levels in your body. This will allow you to compare levels
after surgery to determine whether or not any deficiencies are a result
of the surgery.
as they are prescribed
supplements should have the initials
or display the USP logo (
) - USP
regulates the quality, purity, strength
consistency of all over-the-counter and prescription medications and
many health care products.
That includes vitamins and herbal
Nothing should go into your body without your doctor or dietary
regular blood work
to check for early signs of
doctor about taking probiotics
, which are supplements
bacteria similar to the kind that
s found in your
body. A recent Stanford School of Medicine study found that weight loss
surgery patients who took them had a better gastrointestinal quality of
life, increased weight loss and even better breath following surgery.
vitamin intake with a good
free diet journal
Not only will keeping food journals help you tweak your overall diet to find
what works for you, but the reviewing your detailed vitamin and diet
history information will help your dietitian or nutritionist provide
recommendations to help you
avoid vitamin deficiency.
Who Can Help Prevent
with Bariatric Vitamins?
A big part of choosing the
bariatric doctors and
is to make sure they partner with or employ a
dietitian or nutritionist.
As a team, your bariatric doctors should
have a process to thoroughly understand your specific dietary needs,
including an exam for or discussion about your
Existing health problems
Previous diet habits
Blood work before surgery to find and address any
Specific parts of your life that could affect long-term
success such as
Access to health food
Level of family and friend support
Work environment and the ability to follow your plan
while on the job
Readiness for change
Mental health status
If your bariatric doctors don
t go this deep, it
s a good sign
that you need to move on
to a different doctor or weight loss center.
Bariatric Vitamins Cost
The amount you spend on vitamins depends on three things
ll probably need the most bariatric vitamins after duodenal switch
s not uncommon for DS patients to pay $125 or more per
month following surgery. Gastric bypass is next in line at around $35
to $55 per month.
restrictive procedures (AGB, Gastric Sleeve and VBG) will usually cost
you between $20 and $35 per month.
Your body and
any preexisting deficiencies
If you already have vitamin deficiencies before surgery, you may need
more afterwards to get your body up to the right levels. Some patients
bodies metabolize vitamins differently which requires additional
supplementation of certain vitamins.
choose to buy bariatric vitamins
Smart shopping applies to bariatric vitamins just as it does with other
buying decisions in your life. But now is not the time to
Rather than choosing a general supplement, we recommend taking vitamins
that have been specifically formulated for bariatric surgery
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