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1 Fiber-Modified Diets for Lower GI Tract Disorders
Chapter 18 Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

2 I. Modifying Fiber Intake
Modification may require either increase or decrease in dietary fiber; RDI is 38 g/day Insoluble fibers: increase fecal weight & promote rapid passage of wastes through large intestine (aka dietary fiber, found in whole grains) Soluble fibers: more viscous; slow passage of food Health recommendation: most people should increase fiber intake by increasing consumption of whole grains Side effects of high-fiber diet: increased intestinal gas (flatulence)—should be added gradually & portions increased as tolerance improves Diets high in soluble fibers can lower blood cholesterol levels Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

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4 II. Disorders of Bowel Function
Constipation Difficulty passing stools (straining) or infrequent bowel movements; often diagnosed when individual has fewer than 3 bowel movements/week Causes: Food intake & activity-related causes: low fiber &/or food intake, inactivity Medical & neurological conditions: diabetes mellitus, chronic renal failure, hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis Pregnancy Some medications & dietary supplements Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

5 Disorders of Bowel (cont’d)
Constipation (con’t) Treatment Gradual increase in fiber intake, especially Wheat bran Fruits & vegetables Fiber supplements Adequate fluid intake Foods with mild laxative effects: prunes & prune juice Laxatives, enemas & suppositories Medical treatment Medications to increase peristalsis Surgical intervention (colon resection, colostomy) as last resort Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

6 Disorders of Bowel (cont’d)
Diarrhea Passage of frequent, watery stools Severe or persistent diarrhea can cause dehydration & electrolyte imbalance Causes Complication of medical problems Infection, medications, dietary substances Treatment Correction of underlying medical disorder Change in medication or omission of offending foods Bulk-forming agents to reduce liquidity of stool Antidiarrheal drugs for chronic diarrhea Parenteral nutrition for severe, intractable diarrhea Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

7 Disorders of Bowel (cont’d)
Diarrhea (con’t) Nutrition therapy Depends on cause, severity & duration of diarrhea & degree of fluid loss Rehydration therapy: replacement of fluid & electrolytes for severe diarrhea Fiber restriction for some individuals Foods & beverages containing fructose, sugar alcohols & lactose may aggravate symptoms Avoidance of caffeine-containing products Rehydration therapy The replacement of fluids and electrolytes (water, salts, and glucose or sucrose) if diarrhea is severe. Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

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9 Disorders of Bowel (cont’d)
Irritable bowel syndrome Characterized by chronic, recurrent & unexplainable intestinal symptoms Symptoms Both diarrhea & constipation Flatulence, bloating, distention Mild to severe, often interfering in routine daily activities Individuals may eventually become asymptomatic Possible Causes: May be associated with colonic response to meals, GI hormones & stress Treatment Dietary adjustments Stress management & behavioral therapies Medications for management of symptoms Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

10 Disorders of Bowel (cont’d)
Irritable bowel syndrome (con’t) Medical nutrition therapy Complete diet history to reveal behaviors that improve or worsen symptoms Dietary changes that help one symptom may aggravate another Increase fiber intake to reduce constipation & improve stool bulk Bulking agent Avoidance of milk products (if lactose intolerant) Caffeine & alcohol can exacerbate symptoms Small, frequent meals Possible low fat diet Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

11 III. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
Crohn’s disease Involves small intestine & may result in nutrient malabsorption Complications Can occur in any region of GI tract—usually affects ileum &/or colon Deep inflammation, ulcerations, fissures & fistulas Intestinal obstruction, intestinal cancers Malnutrition Malabsorption of fat, fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, magnesium, zinc Vitamin B12 deficiency, anemia Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

12 Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (cont’d)
Ulcerative colitis Affects colon; always involves rectum & may extend into additional segments of colon Complications Tissue erosion or ulceration (primarily affecting mucosa & submucosa) Mild disease results in few complications, unless colon involved Weight loss, fever, weakness Anemia Dehydration & electrolyte imbalance Protein loss Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

13 In UC, the colon appears inflamed and reddened, and ulcers are visible
In Crohn’s, the mucosa has a “cobblestone” appearance due to deep fissuring in the inflamed mucosal tissue In UC, the colon appears inflamed and reddened, and ulcers are visible Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

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15 Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Drug treatment Medications to control symptoms: reduce inflammation & minimize complications Antidiarrheal agents Immunosuppressants Anti-inflammatory drugs Help to achieve remission but associated with side effects (diet-drug interactions) detrimental to nutrition status Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

16 Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Medical Nutrition Therapy Crohn’s disease: aggressive dietary management Manage symptoms & complications High-kcalorie, high-protein Liquid supplements Restriction of fiber & lactose Vitamin & mineral supplements Ulcerative colitis: requires little dietary adjustment In severe illness, manage symptoms & complications Restoration of fluid & electrolytes (possible intravenous replacement) Correct deficiencies resulting from protein & blood losses Low-fiber diet Bowel rest (withhold foods) Parenteral nutrition support Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

17 IV. Diverticular Disease of the Colon
Diverticulosis: presence of pebble-size outpockets in intestinal wall (diverticula) Incidence increases with age May remain symptom-free until complication develops Increased fiber in diet (increased stool weight & bulk) may decrease development Diverticulitis: inflammation or infection developing around a diverticulum Common complication of diverticulosis Spread of infection to adjacent organs may result in development of fistula Infection may spread to peritoneal cavity (rare occurrence) Symptoms: persistent abdominal pain, fever, alternating constipation & diarrhea Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

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19 Treatment for Diverticular Disease
Focuses on symptom relief Reducing pain Alleviating constipation Increasing fiber to prevent disease progression Add wheat bran to meals Use bulk-forming agents Some recommend avoidance of nuts, popcorn & foods containing seeds—no evidence that this will reduce complications Antibiotics to treat infection Clear liquid diet, progressed to solid foods as tolerated Bowel rest when necessary; intravenous fluid treatment Surgical intervention to treat complications, including removal of colon Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

20 V. Colostomies & Ileostomies
Ostomy: surgically created opening (stoma) in abdominal wall for elimination of dietary waste; may be permanent or temporary Colostomy: creation of stoma from section of colon Ileostomy: creation of stoma from section of ileum Dietary waste collected in disposable bag affixed to skin surrounding stoma; or interior pouch may be surgically constructed behind stoma Stool consistency varies according to functional capacity of remaining length of colon Removal of small portion of colon: stools may continue to be semi-solid Removal or bypass of entire colon: absorption of fluid & electrolytes reduced substantially, resulting in liquid stool Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

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22 Nutrition Therapy for Ostomies
Gradual progression of diet following surgery Clear liquids, low in sugars, progressing to low-fiber diet as tolerated Small, frequent meals better tolerated initially Addition of questionable foods slowly & one at a time Colostomy Dietary concerns depend on length of colon removed High-fiber diet to improve stool consistency & promote regularity Removal of large segment: recommendations may be same as ileostomy Ileostomy Chew thoroughly to ensure adequate digestion & to prevent obstruction Avoidance of insoluble fibers—reduce intestinal transit time & may increase output Inclusion of at least 8 cups of liquid/day Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

23 Nutrition Therapy for Ostomies
Reducing gas & odors A concern for all ostomy patients Avoid foods that are gas-producing Avoid foods that produce odors Fish Eggs Dried beans & peas Onions & garlic Asparagus & Brussels sprouts Beer Avoid practices that increase gas production Smoking Gum or tobacco chewing Use of drinking straws Eating quickly Obstructions A primary concern of ileostomy patients Cut food into small pieces, carefully chew Foods that may cause problems Corn Celery Coconut Dried fruit Grapes Nuts & popcorn Raw cabbage Unpeeled apples Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

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25 Nutrition in Practice—Probiotics & Intestinal Health
Shortly after birth, GI tract is colonized with wide variety of bacteria (flora) Majority reside in colon Populations vary within different regions of GI tract Benefits to health Degrade undigested or unabsorbed dietary carbohydrate, including fibers resistant to digestion Stimulate immune defenses to prevent overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

26 Probiotics Foods & supplements supplying live, nonpathogenic bacteria in sufficient numbers to benefit health Resistant to destruction by stomach acid, bile, other digestive substances Alter intestinal environment to benefit human host Possible help for medical problems: - May prevent & treat some gastric & intestinal disorders Improve lactose digestion Improve availability & digestibility of various nutrients Alter susceptibility to food allergens & alleviate some allergy symptoms Help prevent or reverse infections in urethra & vagina Benefits to health not conclusive in research— therefore should be considered adjuncts to primary medical treatment for illness Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

27 Probiotics Intestinal disorders helped by probiotics
Shortened duration of diarrhea caused by rotavirus in infants & children Decreased incidence of traveler’s diarrhea in tourists visiting high-risk areas Prevent recurrence of infectious diarrhea in hospitalized patients Reduced incidence & duration of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in infants & children Reduced occurrence of pouchitis (inflammation of surgical pouch created in patients with ileostomy or colostomy) Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

28 Probiotics Sources of probiotic bacteria Safety
Foods—provided mainly by fermented foods In U.S.—yogurt & acidophilus milk (produced using species of Lactobacilli & Bifidobacteria) In Europe & Asia—yogurt, milk, ice cream, oatmeal gruel, soft drinks Dietary supplements Prebiotics in foods that may stimulate growth in large intestine Safety Infection in immune-compromised individuals Lack of industry standards for probiotics in foods & supplements Nutrition & Diet Therapy (7th Edition)

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