Nutritional Implications of Systemic Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis)
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3020, 5000, 5120; Level 2
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.1.5, 8.3.1, 12.2.1
This continuing education course reviews the etiology and pathology of systemic sclerosis, its potential impact on the gastrointestinal tract, and how to identify symptoms and modify food habits to prevent malnutrition and improve quality of life.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Define scleroderma and discuss how systemic sclerosis (SSc) increases nutritional risk.
- Evaluate physical and blood parameters for signs of malnutrition.
- Assess the extent of gastrointestinal tract involvement in a patient with SSc.
- Identify specific gastrointestinal symptoms impacting food choices and nutritional status.
- Apply individualized meal planning strategies to enhance nutritional status and quality of life for people living with SSc.
Linda Kaminski, MS, RD, CDE, is an independent nutrition and lifestyle counselor, speaker, and writer in the Detroit metropolitan area, and author of You Gotta Eat!.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR