A study recently published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine found that most gastric banding patients did not meet recommended daily intakes for vitamins and minerals, even though they received nutritional counseling after their procedures.
Gastric banding is one of the three types of bariatric weight-loss procedures, with the other two being gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. It’s often assumed that there are not as many nutritional concerns with gastric bandings as with the other two procedures, which are more invasive, but this study shows otherwise.
The study tracked a group of gastric banding patients after surgery and found that most are prone to nutritional deficiencies. The researchers therefore recommended nutritional supplements.
Dr. Abhimanyu Garg, one of the authors of the study, concluded that gastric banding patients “may need not only supplementation, but also counseling and constant evaluation.”
This study adds to an existing body of research that recommends lifelong continuous use of a multivitamin supplement for people who have undergone bariatric procedures.
Crucially, not all multivitamins are likely to be equally effective in gastric banding patients. Because their digestive anatomy has been fundamentally altered, gastric banding patients may not be able to breakdown and absorb pills. Unlike pills, an effervescent delivery system, in which powder mixes with water to create a sparkling drink, allows for easy digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals.
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Shah, Meena, et al. Journal of Investigative Medicine, December 2013
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