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Decreased dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D-rich foods, and extreme weight loss alone, may increase bone turnover and lead to loss of bone. It is crucial that bariatric patients get daily adequate calcium to reduce the risk of bone loss, and for well-being…. for life!
The ASMBS*, The Obesity Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists suggest supplementing with 1,500 to 2,000 of calcium citrate a day with at least 400 IU of vitamin D. To meet these guidelines and to minimize pill intake, VITALEPH distributed 2,600 IU of vitamin D among two products, as follows:
For a better absorption, take 1 capsule of Ca+D3 at a time, at least 2 hours apart from VITALEPH Bariatric Multivitamin.
Calcium is well known for its role in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. The body also needs calcium for muscles to move, for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part, to help blood vessels move blood throughout the body, and to help release hormones and enzymes that affect almost every function in the human body.
Calcium citrate is well absorbed on an empty stomach and does not cause constipation. After weight loss surgery, the preferred form of calcium supplementation is calcium citrate, which is more effectively absorbed than calcium carbonate. Other factors to consider, related to calcium absorption, are:
While known for its role in building bones and keeping them strong, the exact function of vitamin D in other cells and organs is not fully known; but plays a role in nerve, muscle, inflammation and immune function. Every single cell of your body needs vitamin D!
Vitamin D, considered both a hormone and a vitamin, is already a health concern in the US population. Studies have found that 60% to 80% of morbidly obese preoperative candidates already have vitamin D insufficiency.
If left unattended, it would only be a matter of time before vitamin D and calcium deficiencies and hormonal mechanisms would result in osteopenia, osteoporosis, and ultimately, osteomalacia (extreme bone breakdown).
*AMSBS. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
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