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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...
Definition Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. Alternative Names Retinol; Retinal; Retinoic acid; Carotenoids Function Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed for reproduction and breast-feeding. Retinol is an active form of vitamin A. It is found in animal liver, whole milk, and some fortified foods. Carotenoids are dark-colored dyes (pigments) found in plant foods that can turn into a form of vitamin A. There are more than 500 known carotenoids. One such carotenoid is beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by substances called free radicals. Free radicals are believed to contribute to certain chronic diseases and play a role in the aging processes. Food sources of carotenoids such as beta-carotene may reduce...
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