Although, obesity is viewed as a state of over-nutrition, patients suffering from obesity paradoxically suffer from a number of nutritional deficiencies. Obesity represents another spectrum of mal-nutrition.
Increased intake of less nutritious food has been shown to proportionately decrease the intake of unprocessed nutritious food like fruits, vegetables, whole grains & legumes and protein rich foods.
Chronic inflammation causes increased hepcidin release in liver and fat tissue which inhibits iron absorption in patients suffering from obesity.
Obesity leads to defective storage and bioavailability of certain nutrients like Vit D and other lipophilic vitamins.
The risk of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) characterized by an excessive/ abnormal growth of gram-negative aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in the proximal small bowel is said to be 11 times higher in patients suffering from obesity.
Nutritional deficiencies if not detected and corrected pre-operatively, have shown to have a great impact on the post-operative morbidity and mortality
Nutritionally sufficient patients recover faster after Bariatric surgery in Mumbai as compared to patients with a poor nutritional status
Nutritional deficiencies must be corrected in the pre-surgery phase with adequate supplementation to ensure a smooth post-operative recovery, better weight loss outcomes and a decreased morbidity and mortality.
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Bariatric Surgeon and Laparoscopic GI Surgeon. Extremely passionate about her field of specialization. She completed her MBBS and MS in General Surgery in 2006, from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram. Set up in 1967 by none other than the first health minister of India, Ms. Sushila Nayar, MGIMS is deeply rooted in Gandhian ethics. Read more