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  A LOT of people with brain injuries and spinal cord injuries take laxatives — one…two…or even three laxatives a day, EVERYday for years.  My question is always, why?  If someone needs laxatives every day, that usually means there is another problem going on which needs further investigation.  It’s also worth remembering that some laxatives […]
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31 May 2019
  Over 80% of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will go on to become overweight or obese (with the majority becoming obese).1  People with PTSD also have higher rates of developing other physical health problems, including: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/dyslipidemia, increased risk of blood clots, systemic […]
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After a spinal cord injury, people are 2.5x more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to people who have not experienced a spinal cord injury.1 I was unable to find any similar research on rates of type 2 diabetes after a brain injury or traumatic amputation. However, many of the physical and metabolic changes […]
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Who do you need? Dietitian vs. a Speech & Language Therapist for dysphagia   Speech and Language Therapists: Speech and Language Therapists tend to specialise in communication and/or dysphagia.  If you suspect a client may have issues with their swallowing, a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) should be your first port of call.  These professionals […]
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As of the 1st April 2019, all texture-modified diets in the United Kingdom must follow the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) which gives world-wide consistency to the terms used to describe texture modified diets. The IDDSI descriptors have been phased in over the last two years, so you may have already seen Speech and […]
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Do you know the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?   Dietitians In the UK, the word “dietitian” (sometimes spelled “dietician”) is a protected title.  This means you cannot call yourself a dietitian unless you have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition (along with the required practical placements).  Dietitians must also be registered […]
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Link Found Between Food Choices & Depression   A new meta-analysis of randomised control trials entitled, “The effects of dietary improvement on symptoms of depression and anxiety“(1) was released in February 2019 (ahead of print).  After reviewing 16 randomised control trials and compiling data from over 45 000 people, the conclusion is that dietary interventions […]
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Recipe delivery boxes Can they help get clients out of a “rut” with their food choices?    Coco Pops cereal for breakfast, a sandwich and crisps for lunch and fish & chips from the local chippy at tea time.  You don’t need a degree in nutrition to know this likely isn’t the healthiest way to […]
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Adequate nutrition and hydration are absolutely fundamental when preventing and treating damage to the skin.1, 2  Why?  The easiest way to explain this is with an analogy.  I like to think of the human body like a house with it’s own live-in renovation team.  And just like the outside walls of the house protect all of your […]
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  It’s Autumn which means everyone in the UK aged 4 years and above, should be taking a supplement containing vitamin D until at least the end of March. This includes people after a catastrophic injury, as well as case managers, solicitors, allied health professionals and the general public. People who usually need to extend this recommendation […]
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