Apr 22, 2018
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Prediabetes

Prediabetes is when blood sugar is higher than normal and a person is at risk of becoming a Type II Diabetic. One is considered Prediabetic when their Hgb A1C lab test is between 5.7-6.4 percent, anything over 6.5 percent is considered Type II Diabetic. People that are Prediabetic, and Diabetic, do not process sugar properly … [ Read More ]

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Cardiovascular Disease

When we consider our cardiovascular system, usually the first things that come to our mind are our hearts, blood vessels, arteries and blood. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is heart and blood vessel disease which includes multiple problems that affect the cardiovascular system. Many of these issues begin with a process called atherosclerosis, where plaque builds up … [ Read More ]

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Proper Hydration

Hydration, or the process of absorbing water, is essential to good health and life. Water makes up about 60% of the human body and is a component of every body cell. Without water humans can only survive for a matter of days. There are many health benefits to drinking water and staying hydrated, such as: … [ Read More ]

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National Nutrition Month® 2018: “Go Further with Food”

March is National Nutrition Month®; a yearly initiative sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and dedicated to the promotion and education of the importance of informed food choices, healthy lifestyle and physical activity. This year’s theme “Go Further with Food” is a reminder that the foods we choose to fuel or bodies with … [ Read More ]

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Depression and Nutritional Concerns

The most common causes of resident weight loss in nursing homes are depression and adverse drug effects, which are rarely identified. Prevalence studies have suggested that an estimated 40% of elderly residents in long-term care facilities experience depression. Our growing population continues to age, and so it is expected that the number of elderly suffering … [ Read More ]

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Modified Diet Consistencies

Dysphagia is the medical term used for difficulty swallowing. Signs and symptoms of dysphagia include having pain when swallowing, drooling, being horse, not being able to swallow, coughing or gagging when swallowing, regurgitation and frequent heartburn. The two types of Dysphagia are Esophageal, the sensation of food being “stuck” in your throat,            and Oropharyngeal, weakened … [ Read More ]

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National Heart Awareness Month is in February

February is when we celebrate National Heart Awareness Month which helps raise awareness of heart disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States killing more than 600,000 Americans each year. The most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease, which often … [ Read More ]

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Kidney Disease and Diet Restrictions

When a renal diet is ordered, just what does this mean?  In long term care, the restrictions are liberalized.  It is first important to find out if the resident is receiving dialysis or not. The renal diet may be interpreted as general with no added salt and possibly low potassium. A low potassium diet generally … [ Read More ]

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Fortifying and Enhancing Foods

In long term care, we are often working with elderly residents who unfortunately feel like eating is a chore. It is quite common for an elderly person to have a decreased or poor appetite as they age. But nursing homes must be creative in offering foods to their residents who have diminished food intake. Some … [ Read More ]

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Accurate Weight Measurements

Accuracy with weight measurements is essential for residents in the long-term care setting.  Weight measurement is used to calculate energy, protein and fluid needs. It is used as an indicator of nutritional and health status and changes in weight can often indicate other medical changes.  Inaccurate weight measurements can result in an increased number of … [ Read More ]

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