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What Causes Pernicious Anemia?

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

 

 

There are many causes of pernicious anemia, including autoimmune conditions, medications, and damage to the intestines. Vitamin B12 deficiency caused by vegan dieting is not considered a cause of pernicious anemia, as it can be reversed by eating foods containing ample amounts of vitamin B12.

What Causes Pernicious Anemia?

Digestive illnesses

Crohn’s disease, celiac, and fibromyalgia can impair your ability to produce intrinsic factor, a digestive enzyme that is needed in order to extract vitamin B12 from food and replenish supplies of vitamin B12 in the blood stream. Pernicious anemia is often comorbid with illnesses that affect the gastrointestinal system. For prevention, check vitamin B12 levels routinely and supplement with non-pill forms of vitamin B12.

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Genetics

If either of your parents or grandparents suffered from pernicious anemia, then you are also a high risk category for vitamin B12 deficiency. With frequent testing, you can catch the onset of vitamin B12 deficiency before it advances to pernicious anemia.

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Medication-induced vitamin B12 deficiency

Certain medications can eventually impair your ability to absorb vitamin B12, leading to pernicious anemia; these include PPIs used to treat GERD (acid reflux), metformin for diabetes, and various antibiotics, NSAIDs and antidepressants. If you are on long-term medication, check to see if you are a risk factor for megaloblastic anemia and use vitamin B12 supplements.

25 Medications that Cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Gastrointestinal surgery

If you have had bariatric surgery (gastric bypass) or surgical treatments for illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, then pernicious anemia may result because of vitamin B12 malabsorption. To prevent vitamin B12 deficiency, supplement with non-oral forms of vitamin B12.

Please tell us…

Do you get enough vitamin B12 to prevent symptoms of pernicious anemia, or would you feel better if your doctor would prescribe more vitamin B12?

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Bariatric Surgery

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

 

 

According to health reports, vitamin B12 deficiency in bariatric surgery patients is on the rise. But before you commit to bariatric surgery, you need to know how it will affect your body’s absorption of necessary vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin B12 (cobalamin). In some cases, vitamin B12 deficiency can be just as debilitating as morbid obesity.

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency

If you’ve been struggling to lose weight for most of your life, then you may be considering a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure. Before you go under the knife, you should know the health risks involved with bariatric surgery; vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies observed after weight loss surgery. Bariatric patients are at an increased risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency because their digestive tracts have been altered in such a way as to interfere with the natural absorption of this crucial vitamin.

Signs of severe vitamin B12 deficiency include depression, memory loss, chronic fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, and musculoskeletal disorders. (Read this: Vitamin Deficiency symptoms List)

Vitamin B12 is needed for healthy red blood cells and cognitive excellence, plus it protects the nerve cells from harm. So when vitamin B12 levels plummet, as they often do a few years post-bariatric surgery, patients begin to suffer symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency that affect memory, mental health, and nervous system integrity.

Bariatric Surgery Causes Malabsorption

In healthy adults, vitamin B12 is broken down in the acidic environment of the stomach.  Intrinsic factor, which is released by the parietal cells in the stomach, then binds with vitamin B12 in the duodenum. The bound vitamin B12 is then absorbed in the ileum.

During gastric bypass surgery, however, the portions of the gastrointestinal tract responsible for making intrinsic factor, most of the stomach and duodenum, are bypassed, limiting the breakdown of vitamin B12 and its subsequent binding with intrinsic factor, causing vitamin B12 malabsorption, or the inability to digest vitamin B12 naturally from foods or even pill form.

You cannot absorb enough vitamin B12 to prevent severe vitamin B12 deficiency.

Without the right type of  supplementation, your vitamin B12 levels will slowly decline, along with your health.

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Which kind of B12 is best?

For patients of bariatric surgery, only very miniscule amounts of vitamin B12 are absorbed through the digestive tract; this true for vitamin B12 food sources and vitamin B12 in a pill form. It doesn’t matter if you swallow a vitamin B12 pill whole or get your vitamin B12 in chewable or liquid form; once you’ve had bariatric surgery, vitamin B12 if ingested via the digestive tract will not be absorbed into the body.

To prevent severe vitamin B12 deficiency in patients of gastric bypass or other bariatric surgery, vitamin B12 supplements that deposit B12 molecules directly into the bloodstream are the only real option. There are several non-oral methods of supplying vitamin B12 that are available by prescription or over the counter.

How much vitamin B12 should I take?

Most vitamin B12 supplements are 1,000mcg. Your doctor may recommend weekly, biweekly, or monthly doses of vitamin B12.

For optimum results in preventing vitamin B12 deficiency, bariatric surgery patients may take as much vitamin B12 as they need to prevent debilitating symptoms, as there is no upper limit for vitamin B12 under FDA guidelines, so no risk of overdosing or experiencing any negative side effects.

Plus, the extra vitamin B12 may help with weight loss, as B12 boosts energy, promotes good metabolism, and sustains healthy mental balance.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery Better than Banding…or it it?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

 

 

Gastric bypass surgery offers the morbidly obese a new lease on life, according to research. Recent studies confirm that people who undergo Roux-en-Y weight loss surgery lose the most weight and keep it off, more so than with gastric banding.  But while gastric surgery promises a high success rate, the risk for serious complications is significantly higher than with other kinds of bariatric surgery.

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What is gastric bypass surgery?

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass changes the size of your stomach and reroutes food past certain parts of the digestive system.  People who undergo gastric bypass surgery achieve a feeling of fullness much quicker than before the surgery, and are thus able to eat less and lose a considerable amount of weight. However, because gastric bypass is a complicated procedure, many problems may arise during or after the surgery.

  • With the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, a small egg-sized stomach sack is created and attached to the middle part of the small intestine.
  • The rest of the stomach, as well as the upper section of the small intestine, are completely avoided, or “bypassed.”
  • A common side effect of gastric bypass is gastric bypass dumping in which food travels through the stomach and empties into the small intestine too quickly, causing symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps.
  • Another common side effect is nutritional deficiency, including vitamin B12 deficiency and many other vitamin, calcium, iron, and magnesium deficiencies.
  • Patients of gastric bypass surgery must supplement with extra vitamins and minerals, with a special emphasis on vitamin B12 supplements, in order to avoid vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms like nerve cell damage and memory problems.

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What is gastric banding?

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery is the second-most popular form of bariatric surgery after the gastric bypass procedure.  Banding is a good alternative for gastric bypass surgery because it is less invasive.

  • In gastric banding, the surgeon places an adjustable silicon band around the upper part of your stomach, effectively cinching it to a smaller size.
  • After banding, your stomach can hold only about 1 ounce of food at one time.
  • The gastric band is adjusted through a saline solution that may be injected through a small device under the skin.
  • Most people who undergo gastric banding lose approximately 40% of their body weight.
  • Gastric banding surgery is completely reversible.
  • The mortality rate due to gastric banding surgery is 1/2000.
  • Since the small intestine remains intact, gastric banding surgery does not disrupt your digestive system, and there is no risk of vitamin deficiency, such as vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Is gastric banding surgery safer than gastric bypass?

In a recent study comparing success rates between gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding, scientists had this to say:

  • About 17% of gastric bypass patients had complications like infections following surgery, compared to only 5% of gastric banding patients.
  • Six years post-surgery, 12% of gastric bypass patients were back to being morbidly obese, with a BMI over 35, while about a third of gastric banding patients were once again overweight.
  • Thirteen percent of bypass patients required a follow-up operation, while approximately 27% of gastric banding patients needed to return for more surgeries.
  • Complications involved with gastric banding include band erosion, stretched esophagus, or food-related issues.
  • Complications involved with gastric bypass can be much more severe; possibly fatal complications include bowel blockage and leakage of waste material into the body.

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Which should I choose- banding or bypass?

With gastric bypass surgery, food rushes through the digestive system, and essential minerals and vitamins pass through without ever being absorbed into the bloodstream.  So while you feed your stomach, you are not feeding the rest of the body the nutrients that it needs to survive.  Life-long supplementation of vitamins- vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and B vitamins-, and minerals is a commitment that gastric bypass patients much make.

Your chances of losing weight following gastric banding are 50/50, and there is a fair chance that you will have complications that require a return trip to the operating room.  However, banding-related complications are less severe than bypass-related complications, which can be fatal.  Then again, if obesity poses a serious life risk, then you might be better off with the most successful weight loss surgery- gastric bypass.

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Sources:

Long term, gastric bypass beats out banding: study- Reuters

Gastric Banding Surgery for Weight Loss

Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass vs Gastric Banding for Morbid Obesity

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Vitamin B12 deficiency after Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

 

 

If you’ve had bariatric surgery (gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery), then you’re at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency. Weight loss surgery causes vitamin B12 malabsorption, in addition to difficulty absorbing other vitamins and minerals. Learn about vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms, and ways to get your B12 levels back to normal.

VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY WEIGHT LOSS, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

How many types of bariatric surgery procedures are there?

There are many types of weight loss surgeries, including gastric bypass and lap band surgery, but there are two general categories:

  • Malabsorptive surgery rearranges and/or removes part of your intestines so that you are unable to absorb vitamins from foods, thus bypassing the digestive process.  There are no longer any strictly 100% malabsorptive weight loss surgeries, but many such as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass include a combination of (mostly) malabsorptive and restrictive techniques.
  • Restrictive surgery shrinks your stomach, thus causing you to feel full earlier and avoid overeating.  Examples are the gastric sleeve and gastric banding (lap band surgery).

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Why do I need to take bariatric vitamins and minerals after having bariatric surgery?

If you’ve had weight loss surgery, then you are at a high risk for vitamin deficiencies, particularly vitamin B12 deficiency.  There are two reasons for this:

If you’ve had malabsorptive surgery, such as a mini-gastric bypass or duodenal switch, then your body is unable to digest water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin B12 from food sources. 

One of the procedures of malabsorptive bariatric surgery is the removal of the ileum, the part of your small intestine responsible for digesting vitamin B12.  

The only way for you to receive enough B12 to avoid vitamin deficiency is to put it directly into your bloodstream, through vitamin B12 shots (Sublingual B12 pills are not your best option for absorbing vitamin B12.)

With restrictive surgery, such as gastric sleeve, your stomach is unable to contain enough food at one time to avoid vitamin deficiency.

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What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, and why should I be worried?

Vitamin B12 supports many important functions in your body- B12 boosts energy and mental clarity, aids in producing red blood cells, maintains your metabolism, protects your >nervous system, strengthens cognitive functioning, and reduces your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Vitamin deficiency is one of many possible gastric bypass complications. In one study on diminished B12 absorption after gastric bypass, 30% of gastric bypass patients suffered from B12 deficiency.

The most common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Short-term memory loss
  • “Brain fog”
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of physical balance
  • Altered taste perception
  • Tingling and/or numbing sensation in hands and feet
  • Blurred vision

Left untreated, symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency could escalate into severe neurological damage, early-onset dementia, and even premature death.

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Sources:

Types of Bariatric Surgery – The 16 Established & Experimental Weight Loss Surgery Procedures

Evidence for diminished B12 absorption after gastric bypass: oral supplementation does not prevent low plasma B12 levels in bypass patients- PubMed NCBI

Vitamin B12 Absorption & Gastric Bypass- LIVESTRONG.COM

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin B12

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Weight Loss Surgery: What 50 Post-Op Patients have to Say

Monday, June 20th, 2011

 

 

Considering Banding? Don’t Bypass This…More and more of the morbidly obese are turning to weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass, as a quick-fix solution to weight loss.  But is the grass always greener after bariatric surgery?

As with any invasive surgery, bariatric surgery carries many risks, some of which can be life threatening.  Complications may arise during the operation, or even years later. Roughly, 5% of bariatric surgery patients experience complications post operation.  In addition, what you assumed would be a one-time stint on the operating table might culminate into a series of necessary follow-up procedures, such as gall bladder removal or treatment for twisted bowels.

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Below is a list of complications that sometimes occur after weight loss surgery:

  • Respiratory disorders, such as sleep apnea or other breathing difficulties may arise.
  • Leaky gut, leaking of fluids from the intestines or stomach, may require additional surgery.
  • Infections are a risk with any surgery.
  • Blood clots are a common complication during surgery that could result in stroke.  Patients often wear tight diabetic socks during surgery to avoid developing blood clots.
  • Bowel obstructions caused by thick scar tissue is rare, but still possible with abdominal surgeries.
  • Ulcers are another side effect that results from usage of NSAID medication such as ibuprofen.
  • Gallstones occur after 1/3 of all gastric bypass surgeries.  They are extremely painful, and the only way to treat them is to have the gall bladder removed.
  • Kidney stones are highly correlated with gastric bypass surgery.
  • Twisted bowels or internal hernias occur when intestines become dislodged during or after surgery.  It is rare, but deadly: the chances of survival are 60%.
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency often results when bariatric surgery patients neglect to supplement with vitamin B12.  Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include chronic fatigue, depression, numbness, or tingling in hands and feet, altered taste perception, and brain fog, among many others.

Read more about avoiding vitamin B12 deficiency:

B12 Deficiency: Don’t Ignore the Symptoms

50 Bariatric Blogs


  1. Adventures of Gastric Girl “A little look into my life.. Finding myself after having gastric bypass surgery, and the ups and downs along the way.”
  2. Alison’s banded adventures “I’m a British 38 year old mother of 2. I had lapband surgery on the 25th of March 2010.”
  3. Autumn’s Yummy Treats & Good Eats!!! “Hi, I’m Autumn. All of my life I have struggled w/ my weight...”
  4. Baby Belly Bulge Battles and Breastfeeding “TwoThirtyTwo.. my journey down the scale.”
  5. Band-Aid Baby! “Excited about accomplishing the one goal that has alluded me my entire life- being fit and feeling great about my body!!”
  6. Band Sweet Band “I’m married to Marc, who is also banded and a huge source of support.”
  7. Bari Bits: Reflections of a WLS Patient “Reflections of a Weight Loss Surgery Patient.”
  8. Bariatric After Life “Motivation, Inspiration & Education for Life After Weight Loss Surgery.”
  9. Bariatric Foodie “Cooking Big on a Small Scale.” Includes delicious recipes for WLS patients.
  10. Bariatric Girl “Telling the Positive Side of Weight Loss Surgery.”
  11. Big Bottom Blogger “This is a blog about reducing my eco buttprint on the world. Enjoy, and welcome.”
  12. Big Girl in a Big World…my journey as a bandster! “Hope you enjoy following me on my journey through life and my lap band, named Lexi.”
  13. The Bypassed Life “An honest account of life after bariatric surgery.”
  14. Candyland to Bandyland “Women are Angels…And when someone breaks their wings, They simply continue to fly….on a broomstick…They are flexible like that…”
  15. Carrie’s Gastric Bypass Journey “Follow me on a life changing journey. The gastric bypass surgery on March 20, 2006 will change my life forever…hopefully for the better. Follow me from fat and unhealthy to thin and fit.”
  16. Chronicles from Band Land “One girl’s story of life with the lap band.”
  17. Diminishing Dawn This page begins with some general information and then turns into my story detailing every part of my surgery from start to finish.It covers the decision to go the WLS route, to how to apply for surgery to be paid through OHIP, to pre op, surgery and post op.”
  18. Does this donut make my butt look big? “Progress is Sweet!”
  19. Evolution of a Black Butterfly “I was banded November 16, 2010…here is my story.”
  20. Former Fat Dudes “Life after WLS from a dude’s perspective.”
  21. Gastric Bypass Truth “Some say gastric bypass is the “easy way out.” I beg to differ. There are many things I wish I had known before taking the plunge.”
  22. Heather’s Lapband Journey “Hello, I’m Heather, I’m 25 years old and I live in Hollyweird, California. I got my lapband on December 13, 2010 and this is my weightloss journey.”
  23. I’m with the Band “Hi, I’m Carmen a 35 year old chick. Fat all my life, got a little belt (aka lapband) around my stomach…”
  24. Is this for real?!? “Welcome to the ramblings of my weight loss surgery and everyday life. Nothing is ever boring around here!”
  25. Island Bandit “Pre-surgery I lost @45lbs and I count that in my total because I truly believe the band is just one tool in the new arsenal I’ve been given.”
  26. Jen’s Lap Band Journey “Celebrating 2 years & 90 pounds lost! {so far}”
  27. Journey to a Healthier Me “I am changing my life for the better! Take a peek into my journey to better overall health.”
  28. Journey to a New Me “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
  29. Just Me and My Band “THIS IS MY JOURNEY FROM BEING OBESE TO HEALTHY AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN! I WAS BANDED ON MAY 10TH AND THIS IS MY STORY!”
  30. “If hunger isn’t the problem, then eating isn’t the solution.”
  31. Life of a (hopeful) loser… “32 years old and on an amazing journey to better my health with a little help from a lapband.”
  32. LISA LOST AND FOUND! “PLEASE JOIN ME ON MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY. I HOPE TO INSPIRE OTHERS AS I TAKE THIS MINI GASTRIC BYPASS JOURNEY. HOPEFULLY I WILL LOSE THE WEIGHT AND FIND THE REAL ME.”
  33. Living After WLS Blog “Your place to blossom after weight loss surgery.”
  34. Living Well / Eating Well after VSG “Tips and tricks, recipes, and my journey following Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery.”
  35. Losing Weight and Changing Habits “How did I wake up one day to find myself at 286 pounds and completely miserable in my own body? It happened, I can’t blame anyone but me…”
  36. Miles To Go “This blog is named “Miles To Go” in honor of my surgeon, Dr. David Miles. I hope this conveys my gratitude to Dr. Miles and his staff at Miles Surgical for giving me the opportunity to have many more ‘miles to go’.”
  37. On the Bandwagon “Strategies for Success with the Adjustable Gastric Band”
  38. Ronnie’s Bandumentary “Feel free to follow me down the rabbit hole, just be sure to leave your sanity (and shoes) at the door.”
  39. Shrinking Susy… “I had the MGB in Feb. 2007. I lost 147 pounds. Now I’m a fat girl living in a skinny body and a whole lots more than weight has been lifted from my life. This is my story, read away…”
  40. Shrinking Violet “Keep a diary, and someday, it’ll keep you.” Mae West
  41. something something something Fat Chick “come on along…follow me on my journey from fatty to…just kinda chubby maybe…”
  42. Stressed spelled backwards is desserts… ?! “I’m a 23 year old college student. I was happily banded on April 7, 2010. It’s the BEST thing I’ve ever done for myself. This journey is rocky, but I love every bit of it!”
  43. Teresa Journeys Home “Taking the Road Less Traveled”
  44. Trying to stay Skinny in Texas “A blog about my journey after lap band surgery and my quest to keep the weight off . As well as everything life throws at me in between!”
  45. That Fat ChickThis blog has chronicled my journey from when I first made the decision to have weight loss surgery — back in 2008 — to when I had it — 2009 — and how my weight and life have changed since then.”
  46. The Weight is Over “The skinny girl inside of me is dying to get out and have fun…..”
  47. The Weight Loss Rollercoaster “The Ride is Over”
  48. Weight Lost, Hope Gained…by Emily Sharing the Hope found after WLS!”
  49. Who Hid the Donuts? MY JOURNEY FROM FAT TO FAB AFTER LAP-BAND SURGERY”
  50. The World according to Eggface ” RECIPES & RAMBLING OF A FORMER FAT CHICK”

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10 Mistakes Gastric Bypass Patients Often Make

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

 

Gastric bypass surgery, along with other forms of weight loss surgery (WSL), can be a life saving option for the morbidly obese, but it does have its drawbacks. Teens and adults alike risk losing bone mass and getting severe vitamin B12 deficiency or pernicious anemia, to name just a few potentially harmful side effects.

Teens and Weight Loss Surgery: Worth the Risk?

To the yo-yo dieter, the decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery might seem like that “golden ticket” she’s been searching for all her life, but the post-op reality is often far from the Cinderella-like fantasy she’s been indulging in.

Here are 10 mistakes often made by gastric bypass patients which you should know about before electing for bariatric surgery:

Mistake #1: Not taking your vitamins!

10 MISTAKES GASTRIC BYPASS PATIENTS OFTEN MAKE, WWW.B12PATCH.COMGastric bypass patients are given a medication to inhibit the production of stomach acids which are essential for digesting vitamins such as vitamin B12. Often in the case that a doctor releases his weight loss surgery patient with the ill advise to take a daily chewable multivitamin, such as the type given to children. The reality is, if you decide to go under the knife for weight loss surgery, expect to make a lifelong commitment to taking a heap of WLS-approved chewable vitamins every day in order to prevent vitamin deficiency, anemia, neurological damage and, in extreme cases, death.

Mistake #2: Thinking your struggles with food are over!

Nothing could be further from the truth; the body may have gotten slimmer, but your brain still longs for the good old days of binge eating. Behavior modification and counseling is crucial for successful weight loss, whether you’ve lost the weight naturally or on the surgeon’s table.

Mistake #3: Thinking you will be slim and trim!

10 MISTAKES GASTRIC BYPASS PATIENTS OFTEN MAKE, WWW.B12PATCH.COMWeight loss surgery patients do lose an immense amount of weight, as promised, but don’t expect to look like Pamela Anderson anytime soon; the reality is, many gastric bypass patients don’t reach their intended goal, nor do they necessarily keep all of the weight off. And remember, all that excess skin doesn’t just shrink back into your body; weight loss surgery patients often resort to plastic surgery, either for cosmetic or health reasons, to have a tummy tuck, arm skin flaps (batwings) removed or facial skin tightened.

Mistake #4: Eating unhealthy foods

Just because you can no longer fit a triple-decker cheeseburger and fries into your now petite stomach doesn’t mean you should try. Weight loss surgery patients are often faced with the difficult challenge of choosing food wisely at parties, evenings out and other situations where the sky is the limit.

Mistake #5: Not staying hydrated!

10 MISTAKES GASTRIC BYPASS PATIENTS OFTEN MAKE, WWW.B12PATCH.COMBariatric surgery patients run a serious risk of dehydration if they don’t drink 8 servings of water per day. Additionally, water is crucial for avoiding kidney stones or gall stones, an excruciatingly painful and common side effect of many weight loss surgeries.

Mistake #6: Snacking!

Gastric bypass surgery is effective because it prevents you from fitting a large amount of food in you tummy at one time; resist the impulse to consume small mini-snacks throughout the day, lest you find yourself back in your pre-surgery body.

Mistake #7: Not exercising!

Alas, it amounts to this: aerobic exercise and weight training are that unavoidable truth lurking behind every weight loss goal, and bariatric surgery patients are not exempt.  Physical exercise increases muscle, improves circulation, burns calories, provides energy and fights depression.

Mistake #8: Eating bad carbs!10 MISTAKES GASTRIC BYPASS PATIENTS OFTEN MAKE, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Even small amounts of refined sugars and flours can put on the pounds.  Avoid white rice, starchy bread rolls and sticky sweets in favor of brown rice or barley, whole-grain breads or crackers and fresh fruits of the season.

 

Mistake #9: Drinking carbonated beverages!

Weight loss surgery patients are advised to avoid diet sodas and other bubbly drinks; many believe that they can inflate stomach pouch, reversing the effects of the surgery.

Mistake #10: Drinking alcoholic beverages!

10 MISTAKES GASTRIC BYPASS PATIENTS OFTEN MAKE, WWW.B12PATCH.COMRecent reports suggest that post-surgery, many gastric bypass patients develop a sensitivity to alcohol. Doctors recommend holding off on alcohol for at least one year after having any type of weight loss surgery.

 

 

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Gastric Bypass Surgery: Good for the Heart


Sources:

Gastric Bypass Truth

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