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Bari Life Bariatric Supplements’ co-founder Dr. Stephen Boyce often gets asked about the vitamin K in Bari Life multivitamin bariatric supplements. All Bari Life Bariatric Supplements and Vitamins meet and exceed all American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) guidelines. In addition, Dr. Boyce offers his thoughts on the benefits of Vitamin K for post bariatric surgery patients.
What is Vitamin K?
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin necessary for post-translational modification of certain proteins required for blood coagulation (clotting), and in metabolic pathways in bone and other tissue. Patients may develop deficiencies after operations that produce malabsorption and the clinical practice guidelines from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), The Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recommend that patients supplement their diet with at least 160 micro grams of vitamin K daily.
Some patients with blood clotting disorders are at risk for developing dangerous blood clots in their veins (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolization) after weight loss surgery. These patients are usually treated with medications such as Coumadin or Warfarin (anticoagulants) to try to prevent the development of these blood clots.
Patients on these anticoagulants should not take vitamin K containing supplements without the consent of their physician and surgeons because vitamin K will interfere with the effectiveness of Coumadin and Warfarin, making their blood thicker. Other factors that can affect these anticoagulant medications are vitamin K containing foods such as green leafy vegetables.
Benefits of Vitamin K for Post Bariatric Surgery Patients
Patients who require these anticoagulants usually achieve safe levels of blood thinning (determined by checking blood work, PT/INR) by balancing the amount of vitamin K in their diet with the dose of anticoagulants they are taking. The problem for our patients is that the diet they are on for months after weight loss surgery has no vitamin K in it. If they take anticoagulants such as Coumadin of Warfarin their blood will become dangerously thin leading to life threatening post-operative bleeding complications.
By starting my patients on Bari Life bariatric supplements I am assured that the patient is getting the same amount of vitamin K daily making post-operative resumption of Coumadin or Warfarin safe and effective. Bari Life multivitamin bariatric supplements contain 240 micro grams of vitamin K in a daily dose (six tablets or two powder scoops) and are fully compliant with the clinical practice guidelines of the AACE, TOS and the ASMBS.
To your health!
The Bari Life Team
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