Friday, June 3, 2011


Weight loss surgery has demonstrated effectiveness for the treatment of
diabetes, obesity, and hypertension; all of which are noted to be primary
causes of chronic kidney disease and eventual end stage renal disease.
Weight loss can help limit the progression or resolve chronic kidney
disease. As the number of patients in the United States with chronic kidney
disease and end stage renal disease increases, weight loss surgery is
becoming more recognized as a treatment option either to help deminish
progression of chronic kidney disease or to prepare for kidney transplant if
weight loss is needed to qualify for transplant candidacy. This article
presents some unique considerations for renal patients with the various
weight loss procedures; both on nutrition status and potential
vitamin/mineral deficiencies or excesses. Monitoring lab values are also
recommended to help determine optimal vitamin/mineral supplementation before
and after surgery.

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