Reference : Nutrition-Based therapeutic approaches for solving autistic digestive troubles
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Nutrition-Based therapeutic approaches for solving autistic digestive troubles
Razafindralambo, Hary mailto [Université de Liège > Agronomie, Bio-ingénierie et Chimie (AgroBioChem) > Science des alim. et formul. >]
Rabetafika, H. [> >]
Razafindralambo, A. [> >]
Advances in Food Technology and Nutritional Sciences
[en] Nutrition therapy ; Diet ; Mass loss ; Autistic ; Body mass data ; Food supplements
[en] Diagnosing and treating additional health problems in autistic children or adults, beyond their
own autism troubles, is always a challenge under first of parent responsibility. This paper reports
on the success of nutrition-based therapeutic approaches for improving the health and solving
digestive troubles of a communicating-impaired and initially overweight patient. Symptoms
include frequent burping, and diagnoses revealed hiatal hernia and stomach ulcers. Two different
diet plans have been successively applied over one year. Each half-year diet impact
has been home-monitored by measuring the body-mass data and index. Details on nutrition,
supplement and drug intakes, as well as any observations were daily recorded. The first halfyear
diet was based on gastroesophageal reflux preventing recommendations, whereas the 2nd
diet plan was elaborated from the metabolic typing and gluten intolerance information. Normal
body mass index (BMI) values (20-25) were reached during the 1st phase, which was marked by
an increase in the intake of food supplement and a reduction in the frequency of drug intakes,
especially from the 4th month. After one-year of nutrition-based therapy, the patient health has
been generally improved, and the hiatal hernia and ulcer problems have disappeared. A database
containing all information recorded throughout the diet plans was created. During the
patient body-mass loss, the muscle part increased whereas the fat part dropped. Such fat mass
loss observed over the 1st 4 months was possibly correlated to the intake frequency diminution
of proton pump inhibitor, acting against the gastric acid secretion. During last 6-months of strict
nutrition therapy, the body mass remained stable.

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