Bariatric Surgery Success

Bariatric Surgery Success

#136 Are You Getting enough Calcium & Vitamin D: Bariatric Nutrition Q & A

April 19, 2023

Do you think you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D since your surgery? How do you know? How much is enough? Bariatric dietitians Gayle and Isabel join me to make sense of it all, so you know what to do.

Podcast Guests: 

Bariatric Dietitian Isabel Maples, RD

Bariatric Coordinator

UVA Health in Haymarket, Virginia


Gayle Brazzi Smith MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN

Registered & Licensed Dietitian

Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery Institute

Orlando, FL



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Questions we discuss on this episode:

What exactly is calcium? Is it made in the body or must it come from food? 

Is there more than one form of calcium? Which is best for a supplement and why? 

Should you try to get calcium from food too?

How much calcium do you need daily from supplements and food after surgery?

Is a blood calcium test accurate?

Are there other vitamins or minerals you should not mix calcium with?

We often hear that milk is not fit for human consumption but yet goat milk is fine. Is this true or false? 

Is it bad to take my calcium citrate with coffee?

Vitamin D and calcium go hand in hand as team mates in the body. Why is this?

What is vitamin D and why do we need it? 

How much vitamin D do we need? Does the amount vary with surgery?

What form of vitamin D is best or is there a best one?

What are water miscible vitamins?