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.
Obesity is associated with the leading causes of death worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. Weight-loss surgery can be a great option for those struggling with morbid obesity and experience obesity-related complications. Weight-loss surgery, including both gastric sleeve and lap band operations, achieves weight loss in patients by altering the […]
If you are planning to have the gastric sleeve procedure it is important to be aware of the necessary lifestyle modifications and adjustments that you are required to make following surgery. Knowing what to expect after the procedure can help you to optimize your recovery and weight loss. This article will provide an inside look […]
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