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You most likely heard the news earlier this week shouting, "Stop
wasting your money on vitamin supplements!" This headline was pulled
from the Annals of Internal Medicine in which the authors of an
editorial conclude there is no evidence that routine use of vitamin and
mineral supplements brings health benefits. The editorial stated, "The
routine use (of vitamins) is not justified and they should be avoided.
This message is especially true for the general population with no clear
evidence of micronutrient deficiencies, who represent most supplement
users in the United States and in other countries."
are strong words and mainstream media took notice with many news
broadcasts and newspapers repeating the headline to stop wasting money
read many arguments for and against the use of vitamin supplementation
over the last few days. The common factor in my research indicates these
studies and expert opinions are intended for the general population of
people who eat a balanced diet of nutrient dense food and who have no
mitigating health circumstances. I'm not sure I know anyone who fits
into that general population.
we consented to have a surgical weight loss procedure we committed to a
lifetime of following a carefully prescribed diet that most likely
includes the use of vitamin and mineral supplements. We understood
before surgery that our the low caloric intake after surgery and
decreased absorption efficiency would require supplementation to meet
our basic nutritional needs. Our bariatric surgeon and nutritionist
prescribed specific supplementation to each of us. This prescription is
to be followed throughout the course of our life with adjustments being
made by us in collaboration with our health care team as nutritional
needs change. Our nutritional needs are monitored with blood tests,
overall health and well being, and life stages.
Today's digest offers many features regarding vitamin supplements and the
weight loss surgery patient. I encourage you to spend time reviewing
your personal vitamin and mineral supplementation. Are you getting all
the nutritional support you need with diet and supplementation? Are you
following the vitamin protocol prescribed at the time of surgery? Are
you monitoring your nutritional wellness with blood tests and assessment
of your overall health and well being?
realize this is a particularly busy time of year to be asking one more
thing of you. If you don't have time today to give thought to this topic
save your newsletter to read later. Give it a good look-over when you
have downtime before the new year begins. Set a goal to get your
nutritional health in tip-top shape in 2014. Can you think of a better
gift to give yourself? Consider using our LivingAfterWLS Personal
Self-Assessment Worksheet as part of your goal. Using it reminds us how
far we have traveled and where we would like to go. Download the
worksheet in pdf format: Self-Assessment Worksheet
am grateful for all of you in the LivingAfterWLS community who work
very hard every day to live healthier and manage your weight with the
surgical tool. May your holidays be bountiful and celebrated with
heartfelt gratitude. I wish you the best this holiday season and
always. Thanks for LivingAfterWLS with me!
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