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How will your body absorb nutrients differently after weight loss surgery?

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Weight loss surgery changes how your body handles food. It becomes harder to absorb certain nutrients, including:

Ask your doctor if you need to take supplements.

  • Iron
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D

SOURCES:

Brethauer, S. November 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

Schauer P. Oct. 1, 2001. Surgical Clinics of North America,

Buchwald, H. Oct. 13, 2004. The Journal of the American Medical Association,

Virji, A. April 15, 2006. American Family Physician,

Shah, M. Nov. 1, 2006. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism,

WebMD Feature: "Life After Weight Loss Surgery."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Gastric Bypass Surgery."

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 9, 2017

SOURCES:

Brethauer, S. November 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

Schauer P. Oct. 1, 2001. Surgical Clinics of North America,

Buchwald, H. Oct. 13, 2004. The Journal of the American Medical Association,

Virji, A. April 15, 2006. American Family Physician,

Shah, M. Nov. 1, 2006. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism,

WebMD Feature: "Life After Weight Loss Surgery."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Gastric Bypass Surgery."

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 9, 2017

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