A practical approach for the nutritional management of obesity in spinal cord injury

Evelyn Phillips, David Gater

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Abstract

The management of obesity is difficult for the able-bodied, but it is even more so for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) who experience loss of lean body mass, limited independence and movement, and decreased sympathetic nervous system activity. Obesity in chronic SCI is characteristic of metabolic syndrome and attempts at weight loss are often futile; prevention is critical. Nutritional interventions, starting from initial injury, should be aimed at diminishing lean body mass loss without incurring unwanted weight gain. An understanding of how inflammation alters nutrient utilization can help guide in the appropriate selection of enteral formulas, oral nutritional supplements, and/or dietary food choices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-75
Number of pages12
JournalTopics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007

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Spinal Cord Injuries
Obesity
Food
Sympathetic Nervous System
Dietary Supplements
Small Intestine
Weight Gain
Weight Loss
Inflammation
Wounds and Injuries

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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