Mercy's Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Director, The Maryland Bariatric Center, Discusses Bone Health and Weight Loss Surgery

July 27, 2020


Anytime someone undergoes weight loss surgery, their intake of nutrients and food goes down. It is imperative they take supplemental vitamins and nutrients so that they don't get deficient.

According to Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Director, The Maryland Bariatric Center at Mercy, with gastric bypass, you are bypassing the upper portion of the intestine, which is needed for absorption of mainly the elements calcium and magnesium, and people can become deficient in those.

“We know from bypass, because it's been done for 55 years, that people will be prone to osteopenia, or weak bones, in the long term. As such, the chances of, especially women, getting weak bones is higher, because the estrogen, over a certain age, goes down and the body doesn’t retain that much calcium,” Dr. Singh said.

Dr. Singh added that anyone who wants to keep your bones healthy needs adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, protein and physical activity.

To view Dr. Kuldeep Singh’s interview regarding weight loss surgery and bone health, click here.

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Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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