Dietary fiber in hospitalized geriatric patients

Diane Snustad, Virginia Lee, Ivo Abraham, Charles Alexander, Deborah Bella, Cathy Cumming

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Abstract

Increased fiber in the diet has been shown in the past to improve bowel function in elderly outpatients and in long-term care institutions. A randomized placebo-controlled, double-blind study was conducted in a geriatric ward of an acute-care hospital to see if a palatable form of fiber would decrease the incidence of constipation and use of laxatives. In this patient sample, no beneficial effect of fiber supplementation could be found when used up to three weeks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-63
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Nutrition for the Elderly
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 8 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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