Vitamins, Minerals Provide Nutrients
A critical component to weight loss after bariatric surgery is proper nutrition. At Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, we have a team of Registered Dietitians who work with patients before and after surgery so they lose weight safely while maintaining a healthy diet.
Our experienced surgeons and dietitians provide patients all the materials and information they need to clearly outline their expectations regarding diet. After surgery, a patient’s health and weight loss depend on how well they comply with the diet guidelines. Patients must do their part by restricting high-calorie foods and avoiding sugar, snacks, and fats.
After weight-loss surgery, your body may not absorb nutrients as well, especially if you don’t take vitamins and minerals as directed. If you don’t get enough nutrients, you can develop health problems such as osteoporosis and anemia.
Fortunately, vitamins and minerals make it easy to avoid problems such as these. Many people who’ve had weight-loss surgery find it’s easy to take their prescribed vitamins and minerals. After surgery, most people are able to stop taking medications for high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Every patient is different and will have unique nutritional needs. Generally speaking, here are some of the common vitamins that weight-loss patients need to take after their surgery:
- A Flintstone Complete vitamin – This should be taken before breakfast and dinner
- Vitamin B 12 – Taken under the tongue, most patients need 500 micrograms every day.
- Vitamin D supplement – To help calcium get into your bones, you need to take 2,000 IU of D3 every day.
- Calcium – Patients should consider calcium almost like a food. Many patients take 1,500 mg of Calcium Citrate a day but spread out at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The body only absorbs about 500 mg of calcium at one time.
- Iron and additional B vitamins – These vitamins may be needed for certain patients depending on their unique health requirements.
Learn more about the importance of diet and nutrition after weight-loss surgery. At Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, our multidisciplinary team of specialists treats the whole person with a comprehensive plan. This includes psychological, nutritional, and physical evaluations, as well as counseling, support groups, and long-term coordination of care.