Nutritional Deficiencies after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is considering as a common procedure to lose the excess weight. This surgery is mostly preferred, because of its successful results. However, there are so many side effects and issues due to the bariatric surgery, so patient should be aware of all these things before having the surgery. If you are planning to have weight loss surgery, it is very important to be informed regarding the nutritional deficiencies, which may occur after having this medical procedure.

Through this surgery a major part of the small intestine has been removed due to this Nutritional deficiency may occur followed by the bariatric surgery. The functionality of the small intestine is to absorb the nutrients, which are required for the body functioning. It is also a place where pancreatic enzymes and bile absorb fat-soluble minerals and vitamins from the intake food.

The important nutrients include vitamins D, A, K and E. Deficiencies, which occur fallowed by the bariatric surgery include: vitamin D and calcium deficiency, iron deficiency, protein deficiency, Folate and Vitamin B12 deficiency, Vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency and other vitamin deficiencies. Such as magnesium and zinc deficiencies have been found in some patients. Symptoms of protein deficiencies include: loss of hair, swelling in the legs, and extreme fatigue. As well normal mineral and vitamin deficiencies include tingling and numbness in the hands and feet, lethargy, difficulty in seeing when light is dim, bone pain, brittle nails, wounds, which are bruising easily, and slow to heal.

After having bariatric surgery you must have to concentrate on your diet that should be nutrient rich food. Nutritionally empty food may cause vomiting, dumping and weight gain. After having bariatric surgery you must avoid unhealthy foods. The foods, which you have must avoid are white foods, such as white flour, white fat and white sugar. There are many food items, which contains these three items such as most breads, pasta, crackers ,soft drinks, pastry fillings and pastries, frostings, cakes,  spread and margarines, candies and sweets, jellies, hotdog buns and hamburger, frozen dinner-all of which are convenience foods and common snacks. Indeed, most of these combine all three white foods together, and these foods contain artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, processing agents and texturing, and other  additives, which further lessen their nutritional stature and also your health.

To prevent any nutritional deficiencies fallowed by the bariatric surgery, it is very important to take supplements while you are recovering from the medical procedure. A regular examination by the physician may help you to find any other nutritional deficiencies. After completion of this procedure, you can expect to take a nutrient diet on a regular basis, and consult your physician for frequent checkups. Regularly having supplements can maintain your nutrient serum levels at the prominent level.

22. January 2012 21:54 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

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