For increased patient comfort, compliance and intestinal health, Fiber-Stat® is clearly the solution.
The benefits of Fiber-Stat® include:
*Fructo-oligosaccharides have been shown to stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the GI tract. Gibson G.R., Roberfroid M.B.; Dietary Modulation of the Human Colonic Microbia: Introducing the Concept of Prebiotics Journal of Nutrition 1995; 125: 1401-1412
- 11 grams of soluble fiber per 2 tablespoons
- Gentle and reliable bowel regulation
- Does not affect medication absorption
- No mixing or dissolving required
- Contains FOS for prebiotic intestinal health
- Natural bulking agent
Fiber-Stat® with FOS
Constipation, one of the most common complaints of the elderly, can be defined as:
- more than three days pass without a bowel movement and/or
- a difficult time passing stools and/or
- pain in involved during defecation
Often associated with constipation is straining during bowel movements, the feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain in passing stool, feeling bloated, pot belly, weight gain, and a feeling of discomfort and sluggishness. Causes could be due to medication, immobility, poor hydration, and dietary deficiency of bulk and fiber.
Constipation is widespread in the US population with estimates of as high as 8.7 million people affected to some degree making it the most common chronic digestive disorder in US. This results in approximately 2.5 million doctor visits and spending over $400 million dollars on laxatives annually. In addition, at least 75% of elderly hospitalized patients and nursing home residents use laxatives for bowel regulation.
Constipation is a symptom, not a disease and like a fever it can be caused by a variety of factors. The following are the most common causes of constipation:
- Low Fiber Diet:The most important causal factor in most cases of constipation is a low fiber diet. Modern diets are often low in the natural fiber found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and high in fats and refined carbohydrates. Individuals who eat plenty of high-fiber foods or use fiber supplements are much less likely to become constipated. Fiber, both soluble and insoluble, is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines. Insoluble fiber passes through the intestines almost unchanged. The bulk and soft texture of fiber help prevent hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Americans eat an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber daily, less than half of the 20 to 35 grams recommended by the American Dietetic Association. Both children and adults eat too many refined and processed foods from which the natural fiber has been removed. Research indicates that high fiber diets result in larger stools, more frequent bowel movements and less constipation.
- Dehydration or Reduced Liquid Intake:
Liquids such as juice and water add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. It is recommended that people with constipation drink eight 8oz glasses of fluid per day. Liquids that contain caffeine, like coffee and cola drinks, and alcohol have a dehydrating effect.
- Lack of Exercise:
Lack of exercise can lead to constipation. Bed rest and limited activity of hospitalized patients also have an impact.
- Laxative Abuse:
When used properly, for a specific problem on a short term basis, laxatives help the colon to restore its natural ability to contract. Used improperly over a longer period of time, laxatives can be habit-forming. The colon can begin to rely on laxatives to bring on bowel movements. Over time, laxatives can damage nerve cells in the colon and interfere with the colon's natural ability to contract. People who habitually take laxatives become dependent upon them and may require increasing dosages until, finally, the intestine becomes insensitive and fails to work properly.
- Changes in Life or Routine:
Aging may affect bowel regularity because a slower metabolism results in less intestinal activity and muscle tone.
Many medications can cause constipation including pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum and calcium, blood pressure medications (calcium channel blockers), anti-Parkinson drugs, antispasmodics, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics, tranquilizers, iron supplements, anticonvulsants for epilepsy and antihypertensive calcium channel blockers.
- Specific Diseases:
There are many diseases that can directly or indirectly cause constipation. They include: neurological disorders, metabolic and endocrine disorders and systemic conditions that affect organ systems, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Stroke, spinal cord injuries, endocrine conditions, Diabetes, underactive or overactive thyroid gland, Uremia, Hypercalcemia and Lupus.
For the hospitalized patient. a well-balanced diet that includes fiber-rich foods, such as unprocessed bran, whole-grain bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables, is recommended. Drinking plenty of fluids and exercising regularly will help to stimulate intestinal activity. Fiber supplementation can assist in restoring bacterial balance and increasing digestive efficiency.
The recommended amount of daily fiber intake is 20-40gm. The dietitian can help plan an appropriate high-fiber diet which may include beans, whole grains and bran cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables. Because hospitalized and long term care patients typically cannot eat as much, it is important they receive a fiber supplement to assist in prevention of constipation and reduce the intake of laxatives.
Fiber-Stat® with FOS will assist hospitalized and long term care clinicians manage the bowel regulation challenges of their patients without the need of laxatives or prescription medications.
Fiber-Stat® with FOS is a colorless, odorless liquid fiber supplement providing 11 grams of soluble liquid fiber in one oz. Fiber-Stat® is sugar, gluten, potassium, lactose and phosophorus free. In addition, Fiber-Stat® is low in sodium. Fiber-Stat can be taken on its own, mixed with fluids and soft foods, and added to feeding tubes. Fiber-Stat® is 100% natural.
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