Bariatric surgery has been a boon for many morbidly obese people who can’t seem to lose weight through diet or exercise. In many cases, the surgery is literally life-saving and has resolved such maladies as Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
However, with some bariatric surgeries the way the body digests food changes in sometimes drastic ways. For example, some vitamins need to pass through the gastric juices in the stomach for the body to use them, and this can no longer happen if the stomach is bypassed.
Because of this, bariatric patients need to take supplements to make sure they get the right amount of vitamins and minerals to support their health.
Vitamin C is crucial for a bariatric patient. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means it protects the body against damage from free radical molecules, oxygen molecules that steal electrons from other, including DNA.
But vitamin C’s most important function is to maintain a protein called collagen, which helps form connective tissue in the bones, skin, ligaments and other tissue. Because of this, vitamin C is important in wound healing, especially the wounds that were inevitably sustained during the bariatric surgery itself.
As you may know, daily vitamins and minerals are a necessary part of care and maintenance after having gastric bypass surgery. The body’s digestive processes have been altered, and your body becomes less capable of absorbing necessary nutrients from food. To maintain proper nutrition and function after you’ve had bariatric surgery, you will need to […]
This week we are continuing the vitamin series with one of the B complex vitamins, Vitamin B12! Vitamin B12 is a very important micronutrient to keep an eye on throughout your bariatric surgery journey. Vitamin B12 deficiencies are one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in patients following bariatric surgery. In this article, we are […]
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