Posted - February 7, 2011

The Benefits of Probiotics After Weight Loss Surgery

Probiotics are a type of live microorganism that prevails in the digestive tract of humans. Probiotics are referred to as the “good bacteria” because they help keep illness causing bacteria under control, while aiding digestion. Studies are now suggesting that probiotics are beneficial to weight loss after bariatric surgery as well.

According to a study conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine, patients who consumed 2.4 billion lactobacilli probiotics daily following weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery lost more weight than those who didn’t. The probiotics group lost 70 percent of their extra weight, improving their quality of life. On the other hand, the placebo group lost only 66 percent. Additionally, patients who took the probiotics saw lower bad cholesterol numbers and higher good cholesterol levels. Improved fasting insulin levels were also noted.

Probiotics can be taken as a supplement or they can be found in a variety of foods, such as yogurt, some soy products, and miso. To receive the beneficial effects of probiotics foods, look for the term “live cultures” or “active cultures”. Additionally, at least two billion bacteria colonies must be consumed each day to obtain an effective result. Patients are advised to speak with their Dallas or Ft. Worth physician if they receive any concerning side effects while taking a probiotic supplement.

Besides the beneficial effects of probiotics after weight loss surgery, research acknowledges that probiotics may help to prevent and treat a host of other conditions, such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, vaginal yeast infections, and eczema. Probiotics may also reduce the severity of both colds and the flu. Lastly, probiotics may be helpful in speeding up the time frame of clearing infections.

ATTENTION patients of Dr. Al-Kalla

Dr. Al-Kalla will be leaving Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas at the end of July. If you would like continue as his patient, please let us know and we can assist in getting your medical records transferred.

You may also choose to stay with Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas and we’ll gladly transfer your care to another provider on staff.

Thank you.