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Bariatric Dietary Supplements

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is predominantly done for people who have either tried to lose weight for many years but have been unsuccessful, or for those suffering from obesity. The surgery reduces the size of your stomach, making it harder to eat larger quantities of food. In turn, this can make it more difficult to receive the proper amount of vitamins and minerals, which can include B12, Vitamin D, and calcium. Vitamin B12 is needed for healthy nerves and to help with red blood cells whereas calcium and Vitamin D support bone health. Lower levels of iron may also be present after the surgery, which can affect the production of red blood cells. To combat this problem, many doctors and dieticians will advise the patient to use bariatric dietary supplements after the surgery.

Solutions for Your Nutritional Needs Post-Op

Although weight loss surgery can help you reach a healthy weight, you will need to take supplements following surgery to make sure that you stay healthy. These supplements will help ensure that your body has the vitamins and minerals that it needs to function well. Walgreens offers these dietary supplements for your use. Your doctor will provide you with what he or she thinks is the best formula for you to take. He/she will also talk to you about the dose of the vitamins and minerals you should take each day. It's important that you select bariatric supplements that meet your personal needs. You should tell your doctor about the supplement you choose. This will help ensure that weight loss surgery patients use dietary supplements for the rest of their lives. Keep in mind that your dietary needs may change over time. Your doctor will order blood work on a regular basis to check to make sure that you are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals in your supplement. Always follow your doctor's advice when you choose bariatric supplements. It is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your medical condition and any other medications, supplements or herbal products you are taking to avoid any potential problems.

This article is only for your information. It is not health care advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate or check herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, results and reactions may be different. You should read the labels very carefully. Speak with your doctor or nurse before taking any new supplement. This is very important health problem, especially if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Speak with a healthcare provider if you have any reactions.

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