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My surgeon's vitamin paperwork only indicated iron for women.
I asked one of the two male friends I have who had RNY, and takes the same basic supplements that I do (2000mg of calcium) with some adjustments for his own labs, of course, EXCEPT for a daily iron supplement. He is about 3 years out and said his iron levels are "low normal", but have been slowly, but steadily, dropping.
10 years out; 190 pounds lost, 165 pound loss maintained
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The ASMBS says men need the same vitamins as women, but they only need 36 mg iron a day, the same amount women that don't menstruate need. Menstruating women need 54 to 63 mg iron.
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Because I was no longer menstruating, I was told not to take iron. Now at six years out iron has gone down a bit and I starting capsules a few months ago. I had not been eating meat, which may be a factor. Most likely your friend will not be taking iron after his RNY. It is possible that he will get all he needs from food, especially if he eats red meats.
I had my procedure through Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in NC and am required to take iron daily as well as B12 (1000/day sublingual), Calcium (500/3x day), and 2 multivitamins. I also take a B Complex with 100mg B1 daily. I started with 18mg iron a day and at my 3 month labs it was low so I take 2 a day now.
Our surgeon asks that all men take iron for at least 2 years, but my husband takes half of what I take as a menstruating woman. After 2 years he will have labs done every 6 months and as long as the appropriate levels are within the normal range and not dropping from where they were, then he will likely go off iron.
HW333--SW 289--GW of 160 5' 11" woman. I only know the way I know & when you ask for input/advice, you'll get the way I've been successful through my surgeon & nutritionist. Please consult your surgeon & nutritionist for how to do it their way. Biggest regret? Not doing this 10 years ago! Every day is better than the day before...and it was a pretty great day!