Importance of Bariatric Specific Multivitamins after Weight Loss Surgery
After Weight Loss Surgery, your capacity to absorb certain nutrients is affected for life by changes to the digestive system as well as the restriction on the amount of food that can physically be accommodated across the day.
Key nutrients that can fall low include: Vitamin B 12, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6 and Calcium. These nutrients cause complications due to limited absorption.
A Bariatric Multivitamin also contains a range of other vitamins and minerals to make up for any shortfall in the diet.
Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass surgery impact the amount of "intrinsic Factor" a carrier protein for Vitamin B12. The absorption of B12 after these types of surgery has been shown as low as 1%.
This explains the 350-500mcg daily dose recommended by the ASMBS (American Society Of Metabolic Surgery) to maintain healthy blood, nervous system and brain function.
A Bariatric Multivitamin supplement. is recommended daily for life after sleeve gastrectomy or bypass surgery (ASMBS, 2016) as an "insurance policy" against the range of nutritional deficiencies that can impact on health of a bariatric surgery patient over the longer term.
By keeping up the regular twice daily dose, you can rest assured that many problems like bone density, hair loss and general feeling of fatigue can be avoided.
Your Bariatric dietitian will regularly monitor your bloods for life after bariatric procedures to ensure the correct balance of b vitamins, B12, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, Niacin, Folic Acid, Electrolytes, and other essential nutrients. Regular check-ups with your Bariatric Surgeon and dietitian are an essential key to your long term success, and also create a better early detection and resolution of any issues that may arise along the way.
Your long term success after gastric Sleeve surgery or bypass is more likely when you take advantage of the professional advice and input of a bariatric team comprising of your Surgeon, Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist and Psychologist, to assist in all areas that contribute to obesity.
Your dietitian will recommend a bariatric Multivitamin over a "standard/general" multi as your needs are no longer general.