This continuing education course identifies and examines recent scientific literature addressing diet and lifestyle modifications to treat chronic constipation, and briefly explores alternative therapies and medications. It reviews the RD’s role in advising dietary intervention as well as lifestyle modifications for the prevention and treatment of chronic constipation.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Discuss the incidence rates of chronic constipation.
- List the diet and lifestyle factors that increase the risk of constipation.
- Assess client history for nutrient intake, dietary pattern, and attempts made to alleviate constipation.
- Identify and explain the combination of diet and lifestyle interventions associated with normalizing bowel habits.
- Recognize over-the-counter product ingredients, probiotics, and prescription products used to treat chronic constipation when seen on medication lists.
Dianne Van Treeck, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, is an adjunct instructor at Palm Beach State College with a private practice in South Florida.
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