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Problems with vitamin and mineral malabsorption



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I’ve always been anemic, even as a child. I had my Gastric Bypass in December 2012. As of late I’ve had an increasing problem with my blood levels and several of my Vitamins and minerals testing dangerously low, especially my Iron levels.

I found an article on the issue and how intravenous infusions may successfully address the issue: http://bariatrictimes.com/intravenous-micronutrient-therapy-imnt-for-gastric-bypass-patients-a-solution-to-complications-of-an-often-unrecognized-problem/

Has anybody else had this problem and if so what option(s) did you explore to address it?

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Do you see your bariatric doctor annually now? What does your primary say about your blood levels? Which form of Iron are you taking? Are you taking a Multivitamin with micronutrients such as selenium, copper, and zinc? What about your B12 levels?

You are well into the time period where permanent damage can occur... not all deficiencies are reversible without consequences.

"Symptoms of lack of Vitamin B12 can cause serious anemia, nerve damage and degeneration of the spinal cord. It is common for anemia to develop first, but this is not always the case, especially if a person is taking a folate supplement. A lack of B12 damages the myelin sheath that surrounds and protect nerves. Without this protection, nerves cease to function properly and conditions such as peripheral neuropathy occur. Even a B12 deficiency that is relatively mild may affect the nervous system and the proper functioning of the brain. The nerve damage caused by a lack of B12 may become permanently debilitating, if the underlying condition is not treated."

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