The Importance of Taking a Bariatric-Specific Multivitamin
Even though the bariatric surgery helps improve or resolve many obesity-related conditions, it can lead to nutrient malabsorption (failure of the GI tract to absorb vital vitamins and minerals). Because of the changes to your digestive tract, the food you eat may bypass areas where nutrient absorption normally occurs. As a result, it is not uncommon for bariatric patients to be at increased risk for nutrient deficiencies.
To ensure that you are getting adequate nutrition to support your long-term health it is vital to take a bariatric-specific multivitamin to compensate for any deficits which can cause secondary complications like bone, brain, or heart problems.
To avoid these problems, your doctor will most likely begin your bariatric multivitamin supplementation regimen before you go home from the hospital after surgery. Because the nutritional needs may differ between the different weight loss procedures, bariatric-specific multivitamins are even specially designed for certain types of bariatric surgery.
Why General Multivitamins are Often Inadequate
General multivitamins sold over the counter are made for people who have not had bariatric surgery. Because they use different forms of key nutrients in their formulations, they do not provide adequate amounts of nutrients for people who have had bariatric surgery. Usually, bariatric multivitamins use nutrients that have the best chance for absorption. This may vary between brands, however, so be sure to check with your doctor when choosing the right bariatric multivitamin.
Finding the Best Bariatric Multivitamin
When determining which bariatric multivitamin to take, your best resource is your doctor. He or she will make recommendations about the best multivitamin for you and your surgery. Of vital importance is making sure that your bariatric multivitamin – like those from ProCare Health – contains all the essential vitamins and minerals, such as:
- Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
- Vitamins A, E, K
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
Furthermore, make sure that the multivitamin that you choose is high quality without fillers and additives, is easily absorbed, and has been reliably tested for efficacy.
Now, let’s talk about taste! You might want your vitamins to taste like candy, but if it does, it probably is! Before choosing your supplement, check out the sugar content. Unfortunately, vitamins taste like vitamins, and although some techniques and flavors can help them taste better, they are never going to be candy. Take the time to explore your options to find one that your taste buds like! Remember, your bariatric multivitamin regimen is for the long-term, and nutritional deficiencies are easier to prevent than to treat.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Bariatric Multivitamins
As you prepare for life after bariatric surgery, there are many supplements on the market, and the choices can be overwhelming. As you make decisions, have an open discussion with your doctor and ask him or her what they recommend for you. Some questions might include:
- What is their standard multivitamin supplementation protocol for your particular surgery? Many times, the choice of multivitamin will differ based on the surgery.
- Will I need to have nutritional bloodwork done?
- Will my multivitamin supplementation regimen be altered because of my medical history, current medications, and bloodwork results?
- How can I prevent nutrient deficiencies?
- What secondary problems do nutrient deficiencies cause?
- Does my risk for nutritional deficiencies increase or decrease over time?
Other Important Considerations When Taking a Multivitamin
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) sets guidelines and recommendations for bariatric-specific multivitamins. To reduce the risk of being nutrient deficient, maintain normal laboratory results, sustain a healthy weight, and take your multivitamin regimen as prescribed. If you find you’re having trouble being compliant, be sure to reach out to your doctor. If you need help remembering, some apps can track your regimen schedule and send you notifications.
It is also important to have pre- and postoperative bloodwork and testing performed. Preoperative laboratory testing will provide a baseline against which to measure your postoperative levels to see if they are improving or declining. This information will also help your doctor determine treatment plans and goals to help you achieve success and good health
As mentioned earlier, a bariatric-specific multivitamin is essential for bariatric patients. However, don’t self-prescribe your multivitamin supplement. Be sure to give your doctors and pharmacist a list of all your medications and supplements (herbals included), so they can check for possible interactions between the products and make recommendations for your unique situation.
Help Choosing a Bariatric-Specific Multivitamin
There are many new lifestyle changes to make in preparation for and after weight loss surgery. Your doctor, surgeon, and weight-loss surgery team will help guide you every step of the way and create a plan that is customized to you and your needs. When it comes to bariatric-specific multivitamins, it is best to follow their recommendations.
At ProCare Health, we consider what we do of vital importance to your health, and only provide the best quality, accuracy, and bio-availability possible so that you get the most from every supplement you take.
If you need additional help or have any questions about our Bariatric vitamins or supplements, our team is here for you. We celebrate that you’ve chosen to get healthy and would be honored to be part of your weight loss and new life journey! Please contact us today with questions or to place an order. 877-822-5808
Please note: the information contained within this article is in no way to be considered medical advice nor is it meant to replace your medical team’s recommendations. We gain no benefit from the resources listed here nor do we promote any of their products or services. This article’s purpose is to educate and allow the reader to make informed decisions with the help of his or her medical team.