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Bariatric Surgery during Menopause

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Obesity has become a global concern and during menopause, obesity may set in due to several reasons related to hormonal fluctuations, reduced BMR to mention a few. Weight loss surgery has evolved over the past several decades and is now considered the most successful and effective weight reduction option for those people who are morbidly obese, and those who have had no luck with the more conventional weight-loss modalities, such as diet, exercise, or a combination of both.

What happens after a Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery has proven to be the most effective treatment for obesity, not only helps with weight loss but also results in the resolution of comorbid conditions like Diabetes and Hypertension. After a Bariatric surgery, the appetite reduces and it provides a sense of satiety and decreased gastric motility, promoting less intake and results in subsequent weight loss. However, this intense weight loss and lack of vitamin and protein intake can lead to weakness, light-headedness, lack of skin elasticity, hair loss, and more.

To reduce these side effects in addition to a balanced diet, dietitians recommend:

  • supplement,

  • vitamins

  • proteins

For more details, check out this article on 4 Herbs and their supplements for Menopause

What supplements are recommended after Bariatric Surgery for Peri-Menopause and Menopause?

Menopause brings many changes to the female body, many of which are orchestrated by the gradual decrease of estrogen production and the reduction of its subsequent release in the body. Metabolic bone disease and bone loss are thought to be present in bariatric surgery patients because of decreased dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D, as well as the impaired absorption of these two nutrients needed for bone health. To prevent nutrient deficiencies, the use of vitamins and a healthy, balanced diet is imperative after bariatric surgery. It is also recommended that perimenopausal and postmenopausal women post-bariatric surgery have frequent bone density scans, especially as weight is lost, to attribute bone loss to either menopause or weight loss.


So ladies short of long is if you are getting a Bariatric surgery after doctors recommendations,

please make sure to take care of your nutritional needs in order to be able to recover

as well as cope better, especially during Menopause.


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