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I am going to have bariatric surgery and will have to take vitamins for the rest of my life. Any info on free vits, suggestions?

I am going to have bariatric surgery and will have to take vitamins for the rest of my life. Any info on free vits, suggestions?

Vitamins: Free vits? Not that i know of. That is one thing that patients must be aware of prior to having surgery. You must be able to afford multivitamins, b12, calcium with vitamin d forever after surgery. I am not aware if any place you can get these for free. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Foreman
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Bariatrics (Definition)

Bariatrics is the field of medicine dedicated to the study and management of obesity. Medical and surgical weight loss, treatment options, clinical research in obesity, and the general medical care of hospital patients who are severely overweight are all covered in this field. Almost a third of american patients suffer from obesity defined as a body mass index ...Read more


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Is 10, 000 iu vitamin a (as retinyl palmitate and 50% beta-carotene) too much for pregnant women? My bariatric multivitamin has that much. I'm worried.

Is 10, 000 iu vitamin a (as retinyl palmitate and 50% beta-carotene) too much for pregnant women? My bariatric multivitamin has that much. I'm worried.

Not too much: Pregnant women should take about 4000-6000 units of vit a in pregnancy but you have been only taking 5000 iu, as beta-carotene is not vitamin a but a benign precursor. Too little vit a can be as serious a problem as too much. It sounds like your level is fine. See http://www.Care2.Com/greenliving/is-vitamin-a-safe-for-pregnant-women.Html congratulations! ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of taking a vitamin C vitamin?

What are the proven advantages of taking a vitamin C vitamin?

May be useful: Most vitamin supplements are not of much use for anyone who is eating a healthy diet. Vitamin c may be one of the few which is useful especially if you are not eating oranges and lemons regularly. It is a vitamin which helps build our immunity and has some evidence of benefit in preventing virus infections like common colds but the evidence is not very strong ...So there is an ongoing debate ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of taking vitamin a, b, d and zinc?

What are the proven advantages of taking vitamin a, b, d and zinc?

Many: These are essential vitamins that are important for metabolism and overall health. Vitamins a, e , c and zinc are associated with lower risk of macular degeneration. Taking b vitamins lowers your risk of certain types of heart disease and stroke. Be careful about taking hyper doses of vitamins a, e, d and k as these fat-soluble vitamins can accumulate in your system. ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of taking vitamins?

What are the proven advantages of taking vitamins?

No proof: Unless you are having a documented vitamin deficiency, there is no proof that taking extra vitamins help. Most folks in the usa are deficient in vitamin d. Dr. Linus pauling suggests huge doses of vitamin c per day, but there is no real proof. Good diet and exercise is probably more helpful. Cut back on sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. If you are overweight, avoid fructose for now. ...Read more

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What are considered well accepted advantages of b-12 vitamins?

Many!: Nerve health. Blood health. Lowering of homocysteine, which is a toxin to the lining of blood vessels and contributes to atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of taking prenatal vitamins when you aren't pregnant?

Good for pregnancy: Prenatal vitamins are the most helpful early in the pregnancy since they help prevent neural tube defects. Usually the risk of neural tube defects are highest in the first 4-8 weeks of pregnancy when most people do not even know that they are pregnant. Most ob/gyn recommend woman of child bearing age take prenatal vitamins if they are planning to get pregnant or just in case they get pregnant. ...Read more