08/17/2010 - News

Life After Gastric Bypass

By: June Chen, MD


For overweight or obese who have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise, gastric bypass  surgery may be an option for losing weight and living longer. Studies have shown that people who undergo gastric bypass surgery lower their risks of dying of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. But, it’s important to remember that, after gastric bypass, you may be at risk for nutritional deficiencies because food no longer passes through the part of your intestine that normally absorbs many vitamins and minerals.

After gastric bypass, you may develop deficiencies of iron, calcium, magnesium, or vitamins. These deficiencies can lead to long-term problems, such as anemia or osteoporosis. OPTISOURCE® Chewable Vitamin & Mineral Supplement is specially formulated for people who have undergone gastric bypass surgery. With the recommended daily dose of 4 tablets, OPTISOURCE® Chewable Vitamin & Mineral Supplement provides at least 100% of the daily recommended value of 23 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, iron, calcium, and folic acid.
OPTISOURCE® High Protein Drink is also designed to help people who have undergone gastric bypass surgery to get adequate protein and maintain their muscle tissue. If you’ve had gastric bypass, you’ll only be able to eat a few ounces of food at time since your new stomach will be much smaller. With 12 grams of protein in every serving, OPTISOURCE® High Protein Drink can help you to keep up your nutrition levels.
Try OPTISOURCE® Chewable Vitamin & Mineral Supplement and OPTISOURCE® High Protein Drink today.
Adams TD, et al. Long-term mortality after gastric bypass surgery. JAMA 2007; 357(8): 752-761.
Created on: 08/16/2010
Reviewed on: 08/17/2010

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