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  • What Helps to Alleviate Malnutrition?

    A healthy appetite and good nutrition are the important first steps to improving nutritional intake and preventing malnutrition.

    Interventions for involuntary weight loss include:

    • Monitor meal-time intake.
    • Offer snacks at all activities.
    • Provide six small meals per day.
    • Use high-calorie, high-protein shakes between meals.
    • Follow a medication pass program that delivers calorie dense products.
    • Keep an updated list of likes and dislikes.
    • Weigh frequently.
    • Assure proper table side positioning at meals.

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  • Unraveling the Mystery of Dysphagia Diets

    Preparation of modified texture diets should be simple! The actual use of a food processor to grind or puree foods is not a difficult task, but the end results vary widely.  Over the past 15 years, dietetic professionals, food service personnel, speech language pathologists and food manufacturers have been trying to solve the mystery of standardizing texture levels related to a puree and mechanical soft diet. For tips on preparing meals with THICK & EASY® products, see our previous post. Continue reading

  • Press Release THICK & EASY Clear

    Hormel Health Labs Launches New Product Offering Nationally to all Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Acute Care Facilities SAVANNAH, GA — April 25, 2012 — Hormel Health Labs, a division of Diamond Crystal Brands is launching a new innovative line of Healthcare Food products named THICK & EASY® Clear food and beverage thickener nationally. Unlike most food and beverage thickeners in the market, THICK & EASY® Clear does just what its name implies. Just 1.3 grams of this mixture dissolved in a 4 ounce glass of water produces nectar consistency water that is not only clear,
  • What is Malnutrition? What Are Risk Factors/Causes?

    Malnutrition is a very prevalent condition resulting from an incomplete diet. There are several indicators of malnutrition including weight loss and declined protein status. General malnutrition often develops slowly, over months or years. As the stores of nutrients in the body are depleted, changes begin to happen at the cellular level and biochemical processes are affected. Protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals are necessary components of every diet. When a diet is incomplete in any category, malnutrition can occur. Symptoms vary with the specific malnutrition-related disorder.  Early symptoms include fatigue, irritability and lethargy. As protein deprivation continues, growth failure, loss of muscle mass, generalized swelling (edema) and decreased immunity occur. Continue reading

  • Types of Dysphagia Treatment Available

    No two patients are alike in their swallowing problems. Each patient must have an individual treatment plan developed for him or her after careful, detailed evaluation of swallowing. There is a wide range of treatments for swallowing problems. Some treatments are as simple as changing the patient’s head or body position when they swallow, or changing the kinds of foods the patient eats. Others involve the patients learning new ways to swallow. Some procedures exercise muscles that are not working properly. Continue reading

  • The Many Types of Dysphagia

    Swallowing problems, also known as dysphagia, occur for many reasons. Some people experience difficulty closing their lips, moving the tongue to control food during chewing or to push the food from the front to the back of the mouth. Weak face muscles may allow food to collect in the cheeks. Some patients can’t properly trigger the pharyngeal stage of swallowing, so the muscles in the back of their throat (pharynx) do not work fast enough. Other patients may have difficulty coordinating muscles that close and protect the windpipe (larynx) or muscles that close the valve into the nose (the soft palate). Some people have difficulty lifting their windpipe or opening the valve into the esophagus. Still others may lack control of muscles that push food through the pharynx, causing food to be left behind in the throat. Finally, the esophagus muscles may not be able to contract and put pressure on food as it enters the esophagus. Continue reading

  • What happens when the elderly don’t get enough protein?

    Protein energy malnutrition (PEM) is a common, potentially serious and frequently under-diagnosed condition among elderly individuals. As humans age, there is a physiological decrease in food intake that occurs to counterbalance the age-related decline in physical activity and resting metabolic rate. In the nursing home environment, PEM is associated with pressure ulcers (bedsores), cognitive impairment, postural hypotension (dizzy spells), infections and anemia. Left untreated, anorexia and weight loss can lead to death in older adults.[1] Continue reading

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