Do I Need to Take an Iron Supplement After Bariatric Surgery?

Do I Need to Take an Iron Supplement After Bariatric Surgery?
Iron deficiency can be a common side effect of bariatric surgery. With weight loss surgery, the amount of nutrients you absorb is significantly decreased, especially with malabsorptive procedures like gastric bypass and mini bypass.

Iron is essential to human function and is used to transport oxygen throughout the body, which is then used to create energy. If the human body doesn’t have enough iron, it can interfere with our day-to-day lives and lead to anemia.

What to Look for with Iron Deficiency

When the body doesn’t have enough iron, the human body can not produce enough energy, which results in the following symptoms: 

  • Decreased work capacity
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Hair loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Brittle nails
  • Craving ice or clay

What Kind of Iron Supplement Do I Need?

Iron supplements should be taken on an empty stomach, but can sometimes cause an upset stomach. In that case, it is okay to take iron supplements with a meal or light snack. Iron should never be taken with calcium supplements. Calcium and iron compete for absorption, which can lead to calcium and iron deficiencies.

Recommended daily dosage by ASMBS for bariatric patients

Males or non-anemic patients: 18 mg/day
Anemic or menstruating patients: 45 - 60 mg/day

10 Best Food Sources of Iron

10 Best Foods Iron Deficiency After Bariatric Surgery Emerge Bariatrics

  1. Red Meat
  2. Eggs
  3. Nuts
  4. Dried Fruit
  5. Legumes
  6. Spinach
  7. Oats
  8. Shellfish
  9. Whole Wheat Bread
  10. Broccoli

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