Oct 16, 2019
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Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats

There are 3 macronutrients that we all require in our diets:  carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  These macronutrients are important for growth and maintenance throughout the lifecycle. Carbohydrates are one of the main nutrients in our diets and help provide energy for our bodies.  All starches and sugars are broken down by the body to glucose … [ Read More ]

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Dialysis and Diet

In healthy individuals, the kidneys filter and remove waste products from the blood, help maintain fluid balance and help maintain normal blood pressure by balancing electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, among other functions.  For individuals with renal disease such as chronic renal failure (CRF) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) however, the kidneys are not … [ Read More ]

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National Nutrition Month® 2019

National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members … [ Read More ]

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Nutrition Support for Wound Healing

There are many types of wounds including vascular, pressure ulcers and surgical wounds.  As we age there are changes in our skin that occur, such as increased skin permeability, decreased elasticity, decreased synthesis and impaired sensory perception. Elderly individuals with wounds can pose a challenge with healing due to these natural skin changes, their decreased … [ Read More ]

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Cancer and Nutritional Interventions

Good nutrition – eating a variety of foods that gives the body the nutrients it needs- is an important part of cancer treatment in helping to keep up strength and energy, maintain weight and the body’s store of nutrients, and lower the risk of infection, however cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation have side … [ Read More ]

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Osteoporosis

The word osteoporosis can be translated to ‘porous bones’1; this means bone density has decreased to the point where the bone is weak and can be easily fractured.  It is reported that 30-50% of women and 20-25% of men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Building strong bones is most crucial … [ Read More ]

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Vegan Vs Vegetarian: What’s the difference?

Many people are aware of vegan and vegetarian diets, but some don’t understand if there is a difference between the two, and what it is. Vegan is actually a branch of a vegetarian lifestyle. The diets focus on the intake of plant based foods as sources of nutrition such as fruit, vegetables, dried beans, peas, … [ Read More ]

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Nutritional Assessments for the Long-Term Care Resident

Nutrition assessment is the first step in the nutrition care process.  During this step, the dietitian gathers a variety of information about a specific individual. The purpose of the nutrition assessment is to gain pertinent information in order to adequately manage and prevent nutrition related health conditions. It is important to note that while the … [ Read More ]

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Protein Needs for Renal Failure

The kidneys are a vital organ, doing many functions that we are unaware of daily.  The kidneys are involved in the following processes: filtering the blood, balancing fluid content in the body, activating vitamin D to maintain healthy bones, removing extra fluid and water from the body and many other functions.  When the kidneys are … [ Read More ]

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Nutrition Related Diagnostic Tests

Nutrition is an area that many believe can only be assessed via outside appearance. However, nutrition goes much deeper than the naked eye can see. In fact, nutrition affects our bodies to the very cellular level. A common way to assess nutritional status, aside from anthropometric measurements, is laboratory values. There are numerous laboratory values … [ Read More ]

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