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Can An Elderly Person Survive On A Mostly Liquid Diet
How long can a person survive on only nutritional drink like ensure in lieu of food if you can't eat solid food?
Liquid Diet: Ensure is a complete human diet and can sustain life indefinitely if adequate amounts are consumed, retained and digested. Some patients may need additional water or variations that supply more protein or fiber. In a bedridden patient, as little as 1200 calories per day may be needed. Each patient's needs should be assessed by a dietitian or physician. ...Read more
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Malnutrition is it dangerous if a person rarely gets hungry and their diet consists mostly of coffee and water and one small meal a day with walking as the sole exercise?
Yeah, not so good: I'm OK with the exercise but you need to eat more. Eating actually helps us burn calories, as the breakdown of food requires energy. Smaller more frequent meals throughout the day with 35 grams of fiber daily and plenty of water (perhaps a couple cups of coffee) would be great. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a healthy person uses same drinking glass and toilet which is used by a diabetic person, does diabetes transfer in this way or not?
Diabetes: is not contagious in any way.Get a more detailed answer ›
Once someone with diabetes insipidus begins treatment are they able to resume a diet with moderate sodium (after being on a very low sodium diet)?
I'd still restrict. : Di results in inappropriate water loss in the urine. As long as you have free access to water, you shouldn't run into any serious problems, but even with specific treatment, modestly restricting your salt and protein intake can lessen the thirst sensation and subsequently the volume of urine you will make. That means less trips to the bathroom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a man who is 70 survive with water in the lung. His heart is okay but he can't eat or walk and he is on treatment of Bones Tb as well. How long ca?
Recall: your earlier question. This is actually a pretty complex situation and a number of variables would need to be factored in to make an accurate response. His treatment team have access to all the medical history, his testing and his physical exam are in the best position to make this call. Because he is the father of a friend of yours- they would not be likely to release info to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a person was born with one or more parasites in their brain, is it possible to identify and treat every existing parasite in the brain?
Odd question: I have never heard of anyone born with more than one congenital infection at a time. These are usually evident at birth by physical exam or findings that show up in the first year.Those recognized during pregnancy may have available treatments.If not, most have enough permanent brain damage that life and function are verylimited. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it recommended for a patient w/ ascite to take protien suppliment such as whey protien mix and pure protien shake? Ascite is a condition where by a person starts collecting fluid in his/her abdominal cavity due to liver failure. My friend is currently
Ascites : Ascites is a fluid build up within the abdominal cavity that can be caused from a variety of reasons, but most commonly from liver disease. In this case, scarring within the liver, called cirrhosis caused elevated blood pressures within the intestine and other abdominal organs, also known as portal hypertension. This causes fluid to leak into the peritoneum and when the amount of fluid formation exceeds the capacity of the abdominal lining to absorb the fluid, then accumulation of fluid occurs. In some liver conditions, such as portal vein thrombosis (sometimes related to liver cancer), ascites accumulation may be severe. The fluid consists of protein, including albumin. Patients that have the fluid removed, called paracentesis, to relieve the pressure from the ascites, also lose the protein and exacerbate protein loss. Together with the liver disease (liver makes essentially all of the proteins that circulate in the blood), patients will lose a large amount of muscle mass, called muscle wasting. Patients with liver disease may also experience mental confusion, called hepatic encephalopathy, which calls for dietary protein restriction, which also exacerbates muscle wasting. The recommendations for protein intake in liver failure patients has changed. The american association for the study of liver diseases currently recommends that protein intake should be at least 1 g/kg/day and increased to 1.75 - 2 g/kg/day as tolerated. A late night meal with the highest amount of protein will minimize the risk of encephalopathy interfering with daily routine. At this point, your friend should be under the careful management of a liver specialist, called a hepatologist and possibly evaluated for liver transplantation. ...Read more
Severe reaction: People who have type A blood have antibodies against type B red blood cells. If transfused with type B red blood cells, they experience immediate severe reaction: fever, shivers, back pain, perhaps drop in blood pressure. The reaction is not subtle. If you wonder whether you've had such a reaction, you haven't had it. ...Read more
For someone who on average has a blood pressure of 150/88, does it have a major impact on life expectancy, stroke, heart attack/disease? If so, how soon does it start impacting the body? What would the rda be for sodium intake for someone like this?
Can a person with low blood sugar successfully stay on the raw food diet? If so how can this be done.
Please define: Hi. Please define "low blood su. If you're not taking diabetes drugs, true pathological hypoglycemia is vanishingly rare. Did you become confused, lose consciousness, have a seizure, a coma? If not, there is a popular self-diagnosis of "hypoglycemia" that isn't real. I'd bet dollars to dimes you don't have "low blood sugar" unless you take insulin. So have at the raw food diet! Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can possibly be happening to a former healthy person who eats a lot, or at least proper, and his body looks like he is on starvation?
Look for a cause: hyperthyroisism , addisons diseaes malabsorbtion etc see a doctor ...Read more
If someone has HIV and has blood on their lips due to biting off their chapped lips and they drink from a water bottle and share it with a non affect person, could that person get hiv?
Yes, but : If the non-affected person has an open sore that gets exposed to the blood on the water bottle s/he could get infected. ...Read more
If an elderly, very unwell person is in hospital and suffers from chronic insomnia then, in general, can this have an adverse affect on the person's ability to recover? If so, how, generally speaking?
Yes: Inability to sleep, for whatever reason, can indeed affect recovery, however, chronic insomnia in the elderly is diiferent, and can be related to dementia, specialized treatment is then needed, not sleeping pills or pain killers, input from a neuro-psychiatrist or a geriatrician will help, best wishes ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Not the smartest thing you've ever done but not the dumbest either... ...Read more
Assuming general good health. One man is obese, the other is muscular and lean-5-7% bf%. No access to food or water in a desert, who would die 1st? Y?
Interesting question: The death for both would most likely be due to lack of water. If the obesity was due to water retention (a common cause) and if the body could use the accumulated water the obese person might survive longer. If it was fat rather than water the obese would live longer in regard to hunger since he could live on his fat. I believe that water would be the vital issue. It is purely theoretical. ...Read more
If a person from a poor crime infested environment switched places with a person from a rich upper class surrounding, will that change who they are?
No: It might allow them to behave or react differently, but you would not change who they are. ...Read more
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