The developer of Bari Life Bariatric Supplements, Dr. Stephen G. Boyce, shares why vitamin and mineral supplements are crucial to maintain health and nutrition after weight loss surgery.
Knoxville, TN – According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), studies show that bariatric surgery for patients with severe obesity reduces their risk of premature death by 30-40%. Bariatric surgery is an effective and reliable treatment for severely obese patients, explains Knoxville bariatric surgeon, Medical Director of The New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery, and Bari Life Bariatric Supplements founder Dr. Stephen G. Boyce. He says weight loss procedures such as gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass can help patients shed excess pounds and dramatically improve their health. However, he says, patients must be prepared to change unhealthy eating habits and increase physical activity for the most successful results. Additionally, Dr. Boyce explains that patients need specific vitamin and mineral supplements after bariatric surgery.
Dr. Boyce notes that vitamins and minerals are essential for general good health and wellness. He goes on to say that, after weight loss surgery, it is more difficult for the body to absorb enough nutrients from food since the gastrointestinal tract has been altered and, in some cases, restricted. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause a variety of harmful health conditions to develop, including cardiovascular diseases, weakened muscles, memory problems, and others. Therefore, Dr. Boyce emphasizes, an adequate supply of vitamin and mineral supplements may prevent a number of adverse health conditions and nutritional deficiencies from developing after bariatric surgery. Additionally, he states that 75% of bariatric patients are already deficient in one or more vitamins and minerals prior to surgery. Dr. Boyce has created a clinically proven bariatric multivitamin that contains all of the vitamins and minerals needed in one formula and designed to maintain proper levels after weight loss surgery.
Proper vitamin and mineral supplementation will:
- Promote healthy skin and hair
- Improve the development and function of the brain, heart, and nervous system
- Develop strong bones and teeth
- Enhance the immune system
Overall, Dr. Boyce stresses how important it is for weight loss surgery patients to consult a physician, dietitian, or nutritionist if they have questions about their new meal plan or vitamin and mineral supplements. With the proper long-term nutritional care, says Dr. Boyce, patients can maintain long-term weight loss and improve their quality of life.
About Stephen G. Boyce, MD
Dr. Stephen Boyce received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Upon graduation, he completed a surgical residency in general surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He holds a Masters Certification in Bariatric Surgery and received special training in advanced laparoscopic surgery. He has over 20 years of experience and has performed thousands of weight loss procedures. In addition to owning Bari Life Bariatric Supplements, Dr. Boyce is the Medical Director of the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery and the Tennova Center for Surgical Weight Loss. Dr. Boyce is available for interview upon request.