Vitamin D Deficiency Post Surgery

16 October 2018
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Obesity is a growing health problem within Australia, and bariatric surgery continues to have a successful affect in assisting to lower the increasingly high morbid obesity rate across the nation. The long-term effects of this procedure can lead to improved physical and psychological health. *

Depending on the type of bariatric surgery the body can be restricted in its capabilities to absorb crucial macronutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), which can lead to deficiencies depending on

Vitamin D deficiency is one of the many nutrient deficiencies, which can occur over time post-surgery due to malabsorption.

This is why it is very important to ensure any patient who has under gone surgery are taking the correct measures and supplements throughout the rapid weight loss period and thereafter to prevent themselves of becoming at risk of any post-surgery complications.

  • The best natural source of Vitamin D is the sun’s ultraviolet radiation or UV rays. Vitamin D is synthesised from the exposure of the skin to the sunlight, so it is important to use adequate sun protection including sunscreen, hat, sunglasses. The amount of Vitamin D you will receive from exposing skin to the sun will vary depending on multitude of factors including the colour of your skin and the time of day
  • Particular food types contain Vitamin D, and include oil rich fish including salmon, mackerel and herring
  • Vitamin D supplements are also available to take (discuss with your surgeon or doctor if this is a suitable option for you)

Feel free to join the Perth Weight Loss and Surgery through the Facebook page where you can receive information and advice how to look after yourself post-surgery. Or if you are thinking about bariatric surgery or have any questions regarding what might be suitable for you, get into contact with Dr Siva Gounder today.

*Surgery results differ depending on individuals’ unique cases, body type, weight. Please discuss with your doctor or surgeon if you have any questions.

 

 

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