Calcium is an alkaline mineral that is mainly found in bones and teeth. Smaller portions of calcium are found in nerves, blood and tissues. It is the body’s most plentiful mineral.
While most people think of bones and teeth when calcium is mentioned, it also plays an important role in reproduction, maintenance of a healthy nervous system, as well as blood vessel contraction.
People who have undergone bariatric surgery are at a greater risk for becoming calcium-deficient and are at risk for developing osteoporosis, a softening of the bones which makes a person susceptible to fractures of the spine, wrists, hip and pelvic bones, etc.
Typically, maintaining a healthy diet in which calcium-rich foods are included is the preferred way to ensure that you are receiving optimal levels of this essential mineral. A list of foods that are considered to be rich in calcium are:
Dairy products, such as cheese, milk and yogurt
Dark green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli and kale
Fish with edible soft bones, such as sardines and canned salmon
Calcium-fortified foods and beverages, such as soy products, cereal and fruit juices, and milk substitutes
Calcium is an essential mineral that you cannot forget about. Most multivitamins don’t have calcium (that’s what makes our complete formulas unique).
You need to be taking calcium citrate. It’s better absorbed by bariatric patients and does not require the same amount of stomach acid as calcium carbonate. This means you absorb more of it so you stay healthy.
Look at all of you supplements that you take and tally up how much calcium you’re getting. Remember that your goal is 1,500 – 2,000mg of calcium from calcium citrate.
As long as your getting the recommended amount on a daily basis you can successfully fend off calcium deficiencies and stay healthy for life.
Dr. Stephen Boyce, MDWith over 30 years of experience performing bariatric surgeries, Dr. Boyce has completed over 7,000 weight-loss surgical procedures. He has special training in advanced laparoscopic surgery and has also completed a Masters Certification in Bariatric Surgery. He is an active educator for Ethicon Endo-Surgery and he was the first physician to be awarded by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), “Outstanding Membership Recruitment by a Physician Award,” and for 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well.
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