Article on Bariatric Surgery Recovery and Vitamin D Underlines the Importance of Nutritional Follow-Up After a Procedure, says Beverly Hills Physicians

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Commenting on the recent article about differing rates of low vitamin D levels among some patients, the medical group notes that regional differences underline the importance of individualized nutritional counseling and proper supplementation.

Janice was able to give up her blood pressure medication after losing 70 pounds with the help of a weight loss procedure.

The study shows the importance of monitoring patients closely following weight loss procedures to make sure they are adjusting properly to their procedure by eating a diet that is smaller than before, but which also provides the nutrition patients need.

A December 28 article on WebMD reports on a John Hopkins study which found that bariatric surgery patients who live in the Northern half of the U.S. were more likely to have vitamin D deficiencies than those residing in the Southern half. Since the body’s production of vitamin D is closely associated with exposure to the sun, researchers noted that it’s unsurprising that patients who live in sunnier climates would be less likely to require supplementation. Southern California based health and beauty medical group Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) notes that the study shows the importance of monitoring patients closely following weight loss procedures to make sure they are adjusting properly to their procedure by eating a diet that is much smaller than before, but which also provides the complete nutrition patients need.

BHP’s weight loss physicians make a point of following the progress of each individual patient, for a number of reasons. Such procedures as the gastric sleeve and the Lap Band have been established as both safe and highly effective, but they are still surgical procedures and it is important to deal with any issues as quickly as possible. Also, while the benefits of bariatric surgery have been proven repeatedly, it is not magic and patients must be able to dramatically adjust their relationship with food while also taking in sufficient nutrition.

To help patients make the adjustment in the healthiest way possible, BHP also offers the services of a registered dietician and nutritional consultant who can help ensure patients are receiving all the nutritional support they need. Vitamin deficiencies and vitamin D deficiencies in particular, are relatively common in the general population, regardless of whether or not individuals have had a weight loss procedure. Nevertheless, since weight loss patients should be eating substantially less food than previously, they may be somewhat more at risk and supplementation may often be called for.

While weight and physical health are closely intertwined, there is no discounting the psychological side of eating. To help patients adjust to their dramatically altered relationship with food, the help of a licensed clinical psychologist is also available from Beverly Hills Physicians. There are a great many techniques which can help individuals to make the needed changes to their dietary habits, while also maximizing their personal fulfillment in all aspects of their lives.

For more information on how Beverly Hills Physicians can offer both surgical and nonsurgical options for weight loss, interested readers can call 800-788-1416. They can also visit BHP online at http://www.BeverlyHillsPhysicians.com for further information.

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