Vitamins & Numbers

cheapskate
on 9/5/18 8:09 am
RNY on 03/30/15

How long once you are taking new vitamins will your numbers show if they are working or not?

I moved to some I am only supposed to need 2 a day to maintain(I also get a b12 shot). I am not sure when I need to have them rechecked.

But my bariatric internist looked them over and should be sufficient

Grim_Traveller
on 9/5/18 8:34 am
RNY on 08/21/12

Hey stranger!

It varies, a lot. Some things like B12 or D3 can change pretty quickly if you take large enough doses. Having lab tests a month apart can show a significant change.

Most of the things in multis change more slowly. You can take nothing at all for a month and lab tests may not show any change. It might take a couple of years to show a definitive decrease from substandard vitamins. But however long it takes for them to drop, it can take even longer for them to go up, thanks to malabsorption.

Make sure your multis add up to 200 percent of the RDA for all the vitamins and minerals. Make sure things like selenium and copper are in there -- they're missing in many brands.

You are getting three separate doses of calcium citrate a day, right? And a DEXA bone scan every other year to monitor bone health?

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

cheapskate
on 9/5/18 3:28 pm
RNY on 03/30/15

Heyyyyy! I lurk but have a crazy work schedule and life crap.

I haven't been able to find a dexa in my area. I might have to go see Deanna in Michigan again.

Sparklekitty, Science-Loving Derby Hag
on 9/5/18 9:54 am
RNY on 08/05/19

Having your full set of labs done every 6 months seems to be sufficient, especially if you're tracking your trends over time. There's a great worksheet that you can copy to track everything:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FWmfhM5GyfARticurwaI BFazzWqHBz9jDmvby9j_B_o/edit?usp=sharing

I'd suggest checking your vitamins against the ASMBS requirements to make sure 2 per day will be sufficient. I put together a list of requirements here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OO_3Nse1GJYJ0izLO9kF v2v32hkDX0N6yZVfH8jBnpw/edit?usp=sharing

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