Tums as a source of calcium!!
I questioned it and said I thought I needed CITRATE - he says his lab work results support the use of tums for calcium.
So I'm taking the tums, but I'm Leary about it. The only good thing is that I'd probably be taking them anyway for the constant gas my pouch has.
Even before having RNY everything I'd read says that citrate is more readily absorbed by the body so it stands to reason that that would be the case after RNY as well, if not more so.
Get the citrate and take them anyway. Better safe than sorry. The effects of too little calcuim are too great to mess with.
My surgeon and Nut swear that everyone on the Optifast vits has great labs. It uses carbonate. But I'm not doing those because they don't meet the requirements set. I do listen to them about diet, just not the vits.
Calcium carbonate is not easily absorbed and there is a higher chance for us to end up with kidney stones with carbonate. Please get citrate, more than likely you will end up deficient if you take carbonate.
Proximal RNY Lap - 02/21/05
9 years committed ~ 100% EWL and Maintaining
I had a women in another support group the other day saying that her surgeon said that Flintstone vits were o.k., so sh is just going to keep taking them, no matter what I said or tried to show her. Some people, you just can't give more informed info too. So, I let her go and said not another word about it, I just hoped for her health. There are lots of people who call themselves nutritionists, and I noticed, that a lot of the nuts people are seeing are the nutritionists for the entire hospital, not a bariatric specific nut. So, listen to your surgeons and nuts, but then do some research, on your own, to see if their recommendations have merit.
6 years out and maintaining 190 pounds lost!
“You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”
My surgeon recommends things post-op that I don't follow. It is a source of contention at every single post-op checkup when I'm honest and admit that there are things I don't follow. For example, he believes that no protein supplementation after stage 2 is appropriate. For me, there are days that I need the extra protein of a shake or bar, so I do it anyway. On the calcium, I chose to use a bariatric formula - ditto with a bariatric iron. I didn't even remotely consider using the products he suggested as after research, they weren't the optimal products.
It's my life. It's my body and it's my responsibility to ensure that long term, I can remain healthy and continue down the path to optimal health that I've started. I'll do that anyway possible and if that means I choose a path that isn't the same as my surgeons - so be it. In the end, it's your body, your life and your choices. I wouldn't let anyone lead me down a path that research shows is the wrong one and could be detrimental to my health.
Age at RNY: 55, Height: 5'3.5", Consultation Weight: 331-12/1/2009 with a Super Morbidly Obese BMI of 56.8, RNY Surgery Weight: 281-3/22/2010, Goal Weight Reached: 141-6/23/2011, Lowest Weight: 126-12/11/2011, Current Weight: 138-1/1/2014 with a Normal BMI of 24.1 (Total Weight Loss Maintained: 193 Pounds), Measurements: 36D Bust, 29" Waist, 38" Hips.