Mercy's Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Director, The Maryland Bariatric Center, Discusses Bone Health and Weight Loss Surgery
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.
View Dr. Kuldeep Singh’s interview regarding weight loss surgery and bone health.
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