WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY & NUTRITION

Why you need supplements—and how Nutrition Direct™
can help

After having bariatric (weight loss) surgery, you may be closer to your goals than before - whether it is being healthy enough to keep up with the kids or just wanting to feel better. You will probably lose weight, which can help if you have weight-related conditions, such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • Acid reflux
  • High cholesterol

Before weight loss surgery, you may have taken in all the vitamins and minerals you needed from your diet. But it is a little different after weight loss surgery. That is because surgery often changes how your body processes nutrients. For example, if part of your digestive tract is gone, your body may not be able to absorb several important vitamins or minerals the way it did before.

Doctors test and monitor patients regularly after surgery to help ensure they are getting all the vitamins and minerals they need. It is so important to get the right nutrients that specific guidelines have been put in place. These were issued by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) in 2013*. The guidelines explain which supplements patients should take to make sure they get all the vitamins and minerals they need to help them stay healthy after surgery. These include vitamin B12 and other important supplements like iron, calcium, vitamin D3, magnesium, and vitamin C. A convenient way to get the nutrients you need after weight loss surgery is with Nutrition Direct™. Talk to your doctor about this program to see if it is right for you.

*Clinical practice guidelines for the perioperative nutritional, metabolic, and nonsurgical support of the bariatric surgery patient—2013 update