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WHY ARE MULTIVITAMINS SO IMPORTANT AFTER SURGERY?
Supplements after surgery are vital for long term HEALTH.
Based on research of over 27,000 WLS patients
Bariatric surgery has a profound effect on many aspects of your life – including the way your body absorbs nutrients.
Many nutrients are unable to behave in the same way as they did prior to surgery.
Supplementation with specialty vitamins and minerals will protect you from long term deficiency, which will show up as poor health, and lower quality of life.
BARIATRIC SUPPLEMENTS are unlike general multivitamins, made with more of the specific vitamins that are affected after WLS.
Bariatric Vitamins will cover your increased needs better than other brands that are made for general use.
There are 4 key areas in which nutrient deficiency can cause problems.
1. BONE DENSITY (Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium)
2. BLOOD, ENERGY & IMMUNE SYSTEM (Iron, B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folate)
3. NERVOUS SYSTEM (Thiamin, B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folate)
4. MUSCLE TISSUE (Complete Protein)
1. BONE DENSITY
Up to 90% of patients are Vitamin D deficient to begin. Surgery then impacts absorption of Calcium and Vitamin D increasing the risk of problems, such as osteoporosis.
Many patients are dairy free after surgery.
So supplementing calcium needs to be consistent to save your bones.
(recommended Calcium 1500 – 2400mg/day)
2. BLOOD & IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH
Anaemia affects up to 47% of patients in the first year.
This has huge effects on health.
Energy, concentration and immune system are all affected by iron deficiency.
Signs you are low can be:
Lack of focus, depression, forgetfulness, fatigue, sore / restless legs.
Daily iron supplement is recommended for all patients (ASMBS, 2017).
(recommended Iron 18 – 27mg/day)
3. NERVOUS SYSTEM & BRAIN HEALTH
Vitamin deficiency can show up as general fatigue, weakness, pins and needles, burning feet, brain fog, cravings.
B12 is a major contributor to these sensations, but many others may be included B1, B12, D, E, and folate.
Nutrients are like a team – they all work together to keep us functioning well.
(recommended B12 300 – 500 mcg/day).
4. PROTECTING LEAN MUSCLE TISSUE
Losing weight is of course the desired result of your surgery…
But not eating enough calories and a lack of protein can lead to losing muscle not fat.
A diet high in protein is recommended for life after surgery. It helps to prevent hair loss, hormone problems, and keeps the skin and immune system healthy.
(recommended Protein 60 – 80g/day).