Malnutrition And Obesity

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and Dr. Michael Feiz. What are your thoughts about this article, please share your thoughts below…..

informationredCommenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles bariatric surgeon notes that no one is immune from the possibility of malnutrition, and it is important that patients make sure they receive sufficient nutrients before and after weight loss surgery.

According to an article published September 15th on News Medical, a recent study tracking the vitamin and mineral levels of patients before they had weight loss surgery showed that the occurrence of malnutrition in weight loss surgery patients may have nothing to do with the procedure itself. The study revealed that 20 percent of patients examined by the study had at least three major nutrient deficiencies before having their procedure, pointing to the fact that nutrient deficiency might have more to do with being obese than it does with losing weight. According to Los Angeles bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz, this finding may come as a surprise to many people, and is an important reminder of the difference between caloric intake and nutrition.

Dr. Feiz notes that many people assume that obesity means that a person is eating a large amount of food, so they are therefore receiving a large amount of nutrients. Yet, he explains, a person can eat a great deal of unhealthy food and still lack the nutrients that go along with eating a healthy diet. If a patient is eating very unhealthy food, or simply a large amount of the same type of food, their nutrients may be unbalanced like many of the patients examined in this study.

Regardless of whether or not a patient has nutrient deficiencies before their surgery, Dr. Feiz notes that it is vital that they take nutrient supplements during their weight loss journey. Part of the reason why people naturally assumed that nutrient deficiencies among bariatric patients were a result of their weight loss, Dr. Feiz explains, is that a reduction in food intake does logically lead to a reduction in nutrients. While this study points out that at least some of the bariatric patients suffering from nutrient deficiencies had those issues before they began losing weight, it should not be taken to mean that supplements during each individual’s weight loss journey are any less important.

For countless patients, weight loss surgery with Dr. Feiz and Associates gave them the tools that they need to successfully lose weight and keep the weight off. For many of them, equally important to their success was the carefully considered nutrient regimen that Dr. Feiz and his staff provide for each patient in order to ensure the healthiest possible weight loss. Anyone interested in learning more about weight loss surgery or in scheduling their appointment today to get started on their weight loss journey can call Dr. Feiz and Associates at 310-855-8058 or visit the medical office online at

The Many Faces Of Malabsorption/Malnutrition (M/M)

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qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

If you can answer even half of the questions below, you might consider yourself an expert in malnutrition/ malabsorption, abbreviated MM issues.

TRUE OR FALSE: Testing for MM disorders are routinely done by most doctors?

ANSWER: False. In fact, most gastroenterologist do not routinely perform tests for MM. When they do, our experience is that testing is woefully incomplete.

TRUE OR FALSE: MM problems may mimic other health problems such as multiple sclerosis, nerve problems, headaches, osteoporosis, infections and various intestinal disorders to name a few?

ANSWER: True. Defi ciencies of nutrients may result in breakdown of many cellular, tissue and organ systems.

TRUE OR FALSE: MM is a term used to refer only to Celiac Disease (CD)?

ANSWER: False. CD is a malabsorption disorder caused by an autoimmune reaction to dietary gluten found in barley, rye, oats and wheat. However, there are several other forms of MM including, but not limited to, nonceliac gluten intolerance, atrophic gastritis, increased indicant, parasite disorders, cows’ milk intolerance, soy milk intolerance, fructose malabsorption, Lactase defi ciency inducing lactose intolerance (constitutional, secondary or rarely congenital), sucrose intolerance, Intestinal disaccharidase defi ciency, Intestinal enteropeptidase defi ciency, cystic fi brosis, chronic pancreatitis, carcinoma of pancreas, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, Bile salt malabsorption, terminal ileal disease, obstructive jaundice, bacterial overgrowth.

TRUE OR FALSE: Most gastroenterologists routinely test for various forms of MM?

ANSWER: False. Unfortunately, many of our patients have needlessly suffered for many months and even years from various health problems resulting from nutritional and metabolic problems from MM syndromes. Which signs and symptoms below are sometimes caused by MM syndromes?

a. Diarrhea, fl oating stool, bloating, gas
b. Weight loss and growth retardation
c. Swelling or edema of the face, hands, lets and other body regions
d. Fatigue and weakness
e. Muscle cramps, osteopenia and osteoporosis
f. Easy bruising and bleeding problems

ANSWER: All of the above are true.

TRUE OR FALSE: Many MM disorders will respond only to high doses of oral supplements, intramuscular vitamin shots and/or intravenous nutrition drips?


– Dr. Michael Wald, Brain-Energy Blast