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The Importance of Vitamin D After Gastric Bypass - My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life Health Guide March 27, 2012
  • It is not unusual to have vitamin deficiencies following gastric bypass surgery. As a matter of fact, it is so common that patients who have had weight-loss surgery should pretty much anticipate taking vitamin supplements for the rest of their lives.Vitamin deficiencies after bariatric surgery may in...

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  • Diane
    Dec. 07, 2012

    Please remember that 70-90% of the worlds population is Vit. D deficient.  For

    gastric bypass pts. the Vit. D deficiency is expected and up until recently was

    discussed in connection with absorption of calcium.  Although this is important,

    it doesn't even scratch the surface of Vit. D deficiency.  It can cause many cancers, graves disease, fibromyalgia, ...

    RHMLucky777

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    Please remember that 70-90% of the worlds population is Vit. D deficient.  For

    gastric bypass pts. the Vit. D deficiency is expected and up until recently was

    discussed in connection with absorption of calcium.  Although this is important,

    it doesn't even scratch the surface of Vit. D deficiency.  It can cause many cancers, graves disease, fibromyalgia,  autoimmune diseases such as MS and Lupus.  My Vit. D deficiency wiped out my immune system.  After a few years and no doctors having a clue why my WBC was 3, I was diagnosed with Lymphoma.

    In other words the Vit. D deficiency affected my immune system which fights off cancers.  With a low immune system you are at a very high risk for numerous cancers.  As my Vit. D. level increased my WBC did the same.  I have documented proof of lab results every two months for 2 years.  I am in remission, feel great, and continue to check frequent labs.  It is possible for a GP pt. to take over a year of frequent lab checks to find the proper dose of Vit. D that will maintain a good level.  Working with my hospitals gastric bypass clinic we have determined my Vit. D level is great at 67.  It takes 60000IU weekly to maintain this level of Vit. D.  You cannot successfully treat Vit. D def. without lab work.  This is a def. that can cause death.  I hear some mention toxicity levels of Vit. D.  I'm not saying that there can't be side effects with a high Vit. D level but will tell you that for many years doctors treating MS patients have kept their pts. Vit. D. levels well over 100 inorder to slow relapses and symptoms.  Much research has been done on causes of MS and one of the causes is Vit. D. deficiency. 

     

    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Dec. 08, 2012

      Wow, Diane, what a powerful story! Thank you for commenting and sharing this vital perspective with our readers.

       

      A huge congratulations to you for taking control of your health and your life AND beating cancer. Lymphoma is so scary; I lost a loved one last year to it.

       

      It is such a shame that Western Medicine focuses so little on nutrition. It...

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      Wow, Diane, what a powerful story! Thank you for commenting and sharing this vital perspective with our readers.

       

      A huge congratulations to you for taking control of your health and your life AND beating cancer. Lymphoma is so scary; I lost a loved one last year to it.

       

      It is such a shame that Western Medicine focuses so little on nutrition. It is vitally important and I am learning all that I can. As a side note, you may be interested in reading up on the teaching of Weston A Price/the Weston A Price Foundation. I think you will find information of interest to you.

       

      My PCP told me to find a Nutritionist MD. Well, I can't find one. I don;t know if such a specialty exists. Perhaps I should go to a bariatric center of excellence that has a deep understanding of nutrition... now to find one of those. I would like to get extensive nutritional testing and a vitamin/supplement therapy outlined for me by a clinician. Right now, I take what I have studied up on myself.

       

      As for the Vit D3, I take 10,000 IU per day - in the form of one 5000 IU capsule taken in the morning and evening. I also take a slew of other supplements. I have not had labs in about 6-mos so I need to get checked and see my current levels. I have read from authoritative sources that too low or too high serum levels can cause premature aging. It makes me wonder if that has happened to me because I have gotten much older looking the past two years.

       

      It is so easy to think taking our vitamins is inconsequential. Afterall, what's a little pill really going to do for our health? And yet, it is vital, even fundamental, to life processes. I hope taht everyone reading this will heed your warning.

       

      Thank you, again, for posting this very valuable information. I wish you continued success in being cancer-free and in good health!

       

      MBL