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FitForMe recommended by the Portuguese Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Journal
The Portuguese Society for the Study of Obesity (SPEO) has named FitForMe as one of the suggested preventive multivitamin and mineral supplementation regimens in its Nutritional Guidelines for Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery.
The nutritional guidelines were published in the journal of the Portuguese Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism this summer. They provide an overview of preoperative and postoperative nutritional supplementation for bariatric and metabolic patients.
Nutritional deficiencies in vitamins A, D, and Zinc are common on candidates for bariatric and metabolic surgery since they play an important role in regulating weight and appetite. Due to an unbalance diet that lacks enough fruits and vegetables, it is advised for candidates to be screened for additional nutritional deficits.
In order to ensure adequate nutrition before bariatric or metabolic surgery, patients should be prescribed a multivitamin and mineral supplement as a preventive measure.
Supplementation after bariatric and metabolic surgery is not only recommended, but it’s deemed mandatory. In fact, SPEO clearly states that patients should begin supplementation immediately after being discharged. For the first month after surgery, it is recommended that patients take a chewable multivitamin. Lifelong supplementation follows.
General multivitamin and mineral supplements are not the most suitable for bariatric patients. The SPEO recommends bariatric patients to use supplements specific to their surgery type.
“…specific supplementation is nutritionally superior to general supplementation, in the context of bariatric/metabolic surgery…”
– Portuguese Society for the Study of Obesity, 2020.
According to the guidelines, patients should have routine checkups to identify nutritional deficiencies. Based on lab tests results, supplementation should be adjusted to best suit the patient’s procedure and/or personal medical needs.
According to the publication, the most common deficiencies for bariatric and metabolic patients are:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
FitForMe’s bariatric supplements are listed in this publication as one of the regimens available in Portugal for multivitamin, mineral and calcium supplementation. In fact, FitForMe is the only brand available for all the bariatric and metabolic procedures outlined in the guidelines.
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Source: Pedrosa, C., Martins, A., Teixeira, C., Ribeiro, F., Rocheta, G., Raimundo, G., … & de Jesus, L. V. (2020). Revista Portuguesa de Endocrinologia, Diabetes e Metabolismo. Rev Port Endocrinol Diabetes Metab, 15(1-2), 1-2