Posts made in April 2019

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month and we are happy to raise awareness on this topic that we know is not among the most pleasant to discuss or share with friends. Are you or someone you know suffering in silence?

IBS is a common disorder that affects the large intestine.The common symptoms include abdominal pain, gas, bloating and diarrhea or constipation, or both. Television commercials for medicinal treatments have helped increase awareness, but did you know that certain foods and stress can trigger or make IBS worse?

Improving your food choices and managing your stress may help or delay the need for medication. Research is ongoing as to how foods digest and contribute to these symptoms, but studies have shown that some carbohydrates can cause irritation to the bowel and trigger IBS symptoms. These carbohydrates are called Fermentable Oligo-saccharides Di-saccharides Mono-saccharides and Polyols – otherwise known as FODMAPs. For some people, a low FODMAP meal plan can help relieve the symptoms. A registered dietitian familiar with this eating plan can help you identify problem foods.

Before engaging in any changes or starting a low FODMAP diet plan, consult with your gastroenterologist or primary care doctor and ask for a referral to a registered dietitian familiar with IBS treatment for assistance.

Don’t suffer alone or in silence anymore. Check out the links below for helpful information to discuss with your physician and dietitian.

Here’s to your health!

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/irritable-bowel-syndrome
https://www.monashfodmap.com/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fodmaps-101
https://www.verywellhealth.com/best-low-fodmap-diet-resources-1944682

Written by: Tina Reynolds, MS, RD, CDE, USPM Care Manager

World Health Day 2019

World Health Day is a chance to celebrate health, and this year’s theme is Universal Health Coverage: Health for all – everyone, everywhere. Advocacy events will be held around the world fueling momentum for the #HealthForAll movement to highlight a fairer, healthier world.

Health care is important. What can be equally as helpful is staying healthy and preventing chronic illnesses that warrant the need for health care.

Did you know, the food patterns that we develop over our lifetime can help or hinder us? In the United States, we have access to an abundance of foods running the gamut from very healthy to very unhealthy.

Would you like to improve your eating pattern? Check out the following infographic that shows how to make small changes over your day. Remember, every change that you make, no matter how small will have an impact on your overall health.

Here’s to your health!

Every food choice you make is an opportunity to move towards a healthier eating pattern. Making small changes over a week, a day, or even a meal— can make a big difference. Here are some examples of realistic, small changes that will help you adopt a healthier eating pattern for more good years®!

Blog written by Tina Reynolds, USPM RN Care Manager, MS, RD, CDE

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