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Supplements Santa Rosa, CA

Supplements

Eating healthy and maintaining stable blood sugar are important steps in your weight loss plan — but reaching optimal health while losing weight can sometimes be challenging. That’s where supplements can help.

Why are supplements so important?

When you’re losing weight, it can be extremely difficult to get all the nutrients you need from food alone. This may be especially true following bariatric surgery because you’re limiting your food intake so significantly.

How do I know which supplements I need?

Your blood work reveals deficiencies that proper supplementation can correct, so your bariatrician will provide a personalized supplementation plan for you. You may need vitamins D, C or B12, iron, a multivitamin, or other supplements to stay healthy as you lose weight.

How long will I need to take supplements?

It depends on your specific nutrient deficiencies and individual body composition. Most men and women, including post-bariatric surgery patients, benefit from supplementation while in the active phase of weight loss. You may also need to continue supplementation when you’re in the maintenance phase of your weight loss, depending on what your blood work reveals.

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Behavioral Health Santa Rosa, CA

Behavioral Health

What kind of behavioral health issues do obese patients suffer?
While it varies considerably from one patient to another, some issues tend to be fairly common among obese patients. Some common problems include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

What kind of counseling do I need before bariatric surgery?
Mental health is a very important component of overall health and wellness, and that's one reason that a behavioral health evaluation before your bariatric surgery is so important. Generally, achieving significant weight loss is overwhelmingly positive. However, in some studies, bariatric surgery patients have been shown to be at risk for addiction transfer, worsening depression and suicide, and stressful changes in family and other close relationships. Some surgeries cause poor absorption of anti-depressant medications. The pre-surgery evaluation is designed to help the patient and the team address potential concerns before they are a problem. The evaluation will also confirm that you understand the planned surgery.

What happens during my pre-surgery evaluation?
The therapist and you will discuss your relationship with food, your history with dieting, and past weight loss results. They will review your social support network and any relevant mental health history. This is information you and the bariatric team can use after surgery to help you achieve optimal success.

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