Wonder Iron?

Iron-deficiency anemia is the number one complication after all forms of weight loss surgery, but more so with RNY gastric bypass – the most popular form of WLS to date.  With more and more women turning to WLS to conceive, it can be a scary statistic, given that women are prone to anemia to begin with.

JAMA recently published a study regarding prenatal micronutrient supplementation in Nepal, a country rife with iron-deficient anemia.  This study looked at the impact of various supplements and their affects on motor and intellectual affects a few years after birth.  It reveals that prenatal iron and folate are absolutely critical.

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B12 and Folate Deficiencies in VSG

On December 6, 2010, in Vitamins, Water Solubles, by Andrea

Cyanocobalamin Injection

I deal with folks of RNY and DS persuasion on a regular basis simply due to the fact that we know we have to do supplementation due to our malabsorption of micronutrients for the rest of our lives.

What AGBers and VSGers fail to understand is that they also need to supplement as well.  And in some cases, it is more than just a simple multivitamin and calcium.

A study was started in June of 2007 of VSG patients and conducted for 12 months afterwards to study the possibility of iron, B12, and folate deficiency with only taking an iron-free multivitamin.  A total of 61 patients were included in the study.  Parameters for those who don’t have access to the whole study (and, if you just read the abstract?  You’d not realize the significance of this study!!  It’s VERY SIGNIFICANT! for VSGers!) like I do.

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