Patients want to know...
Is it OK to take a general consumer multi-vitamin rather than a vitamin made to meet the specific needs of bariatric patients?
NON-bariatric vitamins made for the general consumer are just not good enough. Here is what we know:
- ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons) provides guideline for bariatric nutrition after surgery to help prevent serious deficiencies.
- Nutritional deficiencies are common and can cause serious problems including nerve damage, vision impairment, and can impact your immune response just to name a few.
- Bariatric patients do not get enough vitamins and minerals through food to meet their unique needs.
- General-consumer multi-vitamins are designed for people who can absorb more nutrition from their food. Doubling the dose is not the answer either. ASMBS recommends almost 10 times the amount that a regular vitamin provides.
- Nutritional deficiencies sometimes develop over months and even years. So, even if you feel ok now, that does not mean that you are preventing deficiency.
- The easiest way to prevent deficiencies is to take a vitamin, like Opurity® Bariatric Chewables or Capsules; both are designed specifically for bariatric patients.
- You should take these vitamins forever. Your body’s unique needs and ability to absorb nutrients will continue long term
Does annual blood work show if your vitamin routine is OK? Probably Not!
Medicare and Insurance Companies do not always pay for all the Routine Nutrition Screening Tests Recommended by ASMBS Nutrition Guidelines. The chart below shows standard lab screening vs. ASMBS recommendations.
Avoid vitamin deficiencies with regular lab work and a high-quality daily bariatric multi-vitamin like Opurity® Bariatric Vitamins.