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Alternatives to VitaWeight

Alternatives to VitaWeight

Vitamins and minerals are vital for appetite regulation, fat storage and metabolic rate so are important for good health, weight loss and long term weight maintenance. After weight loss surgery, portion sizes are smaller, some food groups may not be tolerated and you may not absorb vitamins and minerals as effectively. It is, therefore, essential for all patients to take multi-vitamins for life. Failure to do so may lead to health complications. The Bariatric Nurse will have discussed this with you during your pre-operative call. We recommend that you take each of the following supplements daily.

    

Multivitamin & Mineral (all procedures)

To include Selenium, Copper (minimum 2mg), Zinc (at a ratio of 8-15mg to every 1mg of Copper). Suitable preparations include:   

  • Forceval
  • Centrum Fruity Chewables for Adults
  • Bassett’s Active Health Multivitamins with Minerals for adults
  • Sanatogen A-Z Complete
  • Superdrug A-Z Multivitamin & Mineral
  • Lloyds Pharmacy A-Z Multivitamin & Mineral

 


Calcium and Vitamin D (bypass and sleeve)

To include 1200mg Calcium and 800IU Vitamin D per day. Suitable preparations include: 

  • 2 x Adcal D3 (chewable) - 2 tablets per day
  • 2 x Boots Calcium with Vitamin D (chewable) + 1 x Boots Vitamin D 10 µg (tablet)

 


Iron (bypass and sleeve)   

Males & post-menopausal females

  • 45-60mg Iron equivalent to 200mg ferrous sulphate, 210mg ferrous fumarate or 300mg ferrous gluconate

Menstruating females

  • 100mg Iron equivalent to 200mg ferrous sulphate or 210mg ferrous fumarate twice daily 
  • Ferrous sulphate 200mg tablets are also available to purchase OTC at Superdrug

 


Vitamin B12 (bypass and sleeve)

Included in your package is a blood test at 6 months after your procedure to check your B12 levels. If you are deficient, a high dose of oral Vitamin B12 or intramuscular injections will be required. You may wish to have your B12 level checked by your GP on an ongoing basis. Your GP will advise but this is likely to be once or twice a year.

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.