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Understanding Vitamin B12 Deficiencies after Bariatric Surgery

June 2, 2020

Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most common reasons for supplementation after any bariatric procedure, but especially after the gastric bypass. Most patients will get some vitamin B12 in their daily multivitamin, however, many will require additional supplementation in the form of a pill or a longer-lasting injection. Before we get started, it is important to understand a little bit more about what vitamin B12 does and where it is found. The key function of vitamin B12 is to enhance the growth and replication of cells in the body. The benefits here are wide ranging. However, B12 is also important in the proper functioning of the nervous system and how our brain and spine connect to and communicate with the rest of our bodies.