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As noted in a prior post, I had once experienced a dramatic depletion of energy after my StomaphyX surgery . After a period of exploration to discover what the cause might be, I was directed by a bariatric surgeon to begin taking vitamin B12 .
At an earlier consultation with my Endocrinologist (a diabetes specialist), Vitamin D had been recommended to increase energy. This was because my blood work showed that I was Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency is a condition that is common after gastric bypass. Reports have identified deficiency of Vitamin D in bariatric patients to be as high as eighty-four percent.
Supplements After Gastric Bypass Surgery
The need for vitamin and mineral supplements following weight-loss surgery has been well-documented. Bariatric surgeries change the body's capacity to absorb vitamins, minerals and nutrients because the amount of food that is eaten will be less. Supplements are necessary to address gastric bypass vitamin and mineral...
With the gastric bypass surgical procedure, it is the section of the small bowel where most vitamins are absorbed and digested that is bypassed. In addition, stapling the stomach to reduce its size or removing part of the stomach will also effect the digestion of vitamins. In prior posts, I have addressed vitamin deficiencies that can follow gastric bypass surgery: vitamin B12 deficieny , vitamin D deficiency , trace minerals deficieny , thiamine deficieny , protein deficiency , and iron deficiency. The focus of this post will be on Vitamin A and Vitamin K deficiencies after gastric bypass surgery.
The Importance of Vitamin A Vitamin A is a group of compounds that are important for bone growth, reproduction, and cell division. Vitamin A also is a critical component in the process where cells become part of the brain, muscles and lungs. Vitamin A is most recognized for the role it plays in the maintenance of vision. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, thus...
Anemia - iron deficiency
The cause of the iron deficiency must be found, especially in older patients who face the greatest risk for gastrointestinal cancers.
Iron supplements (ferrous sulfate) are available. For the best iron absorption, take these supplements with an empty stomach. However, many people cannot tolerate this and may need to take the supplements with food.
Patients who cannot tolerate iron by mouth can take it through a vein ( intravenous ) or by an injection into the muscle.
Milk and antacids may interfere with the absorption of iron and should not be taken at the same time as iron supplements. Vitamin C can increase absorption and is essential in the production of hemoglobin.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women will need to take extra iron because their normal diet usually will not provide the required amount.
The hematocrit should return to normal after 2 months of iron therapy. However, iron should be conti...
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