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Vitamin deficiencies

Study: need to identify patients with vitamin deficiency

Norwegian researchers have revealed that a five-year follow-up study of roux-en-y gastric bypass patients has revealed that levels of certain vitamins increased while others remained the same as before surgery. The increases may be because patients took their supplements and ate better, but also because their vitamin concentrations before surgery may have been poor, explained lead author Dr Eirik Aaseth from Oslo University Hospital, Norway.

Study urges Vitamin D deficiency screening

Adolescents should undergo vitamin D deficiency screening before having bariatric surgery, according to research presented at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting.

The study, carried out researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, found that the majority of adolescents preparing for surgery were deficient in vitamin D.

Vitamin deficiencies “easily avoided”

Vitamin deficiencies in bariatric patients could be easily prevented with more research and greater use of existing knowledge, according to a nutritional expert.

Nutrition expert Erlend Aasheim of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, said that symptoms of vitamin deficiencies were often evident in bariatric patients, but should be easily avoided with careful observation and the use of dietary supplements.

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