Regular blood tests – before surgery, twice in the first year after surgery and then at least once every following year for life – followed up by meetings with your dietitian and doctor help solve the sleeve’s ever-changing nutrition challenges.
About blood tests.
In the Test Tracker Summary, I have suggested a range of tests and how often to have them done. This is based on my experience and scientific recommendations.
What gets tested is a decision for your doctor and dietitian based on your history, how long since your weight loss surgery, how well you feel, your dietary intake, previous results and scientific recommendations.
They may order other tests, which you can add and track in this table.
Normal ranges are found on blood test results slips. Ask your doctor or dietitian for a copy of results or get one of them to fill in this table.
Apart from blood tests, you may also want track your bone density and repeat the body composition test.
Check with the testing laboratory, doctor or dietitian about whether you need to temporarily stop any vitamin supplements a day or so before you have blood tests.
Print the Test Tracker Summary (file here) and make a note of your results. Keep track of how you are going. Highlight all results that are not in the normal range to quickly remind yourself of what needs attention right now. Mark the results that are close to being out of the normal range. Speak with your dietitian and doctor about these as well.
Blood tests are for life. Although the Test Tracker Summary stops at Year 4, don’t stop tracking. Create your own new chart or print off another copy of the Test Tracker and alter the time line at the top of each column.
This is one of the many tracking charts found in The Gastric Sleeve diet book. Get yours today.