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IPG promotes nutrition workshop with Christmas menu tips for ALS patients
On November 20, the Paulo Gontijo Institute (IPG) promoted a nutrition workshop with Christmas menu tips for families diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), given by Vanderli Marchiori, a partner nutritionist at IPG.
Nutritional counseling is part of the treatment of ALS and always is not easy for the family to prepare a menu that is appropriate to the needs of the patient. "To ensure the supply of nutrients that the ALS patient needs, it is necessary to increase the intake of calories and proteins, with foods such as wheat, oats, milk and dairy products, meats, vegetables and legumes," explains Dr. Francisco Rotta, medical coordinator of the IPG.
"In attending patients, we realize that families have difficulty adapting the menu for occasions such as Christmas and, on several occasions, the patient does not participate in meals or does not consume recipes with nutritional value appropriate to their needs," says Silvia Tortorella, the Institute Executive Director.
The workshop has brought tips for Christmas dinner recipes, but they can also be adapted to day-to-day life. The participants literally put their hands in the dough. Rede Globo accompanied the courses by the ‘Programa bem-estar’ will show it on December 19.
About ALS - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is the third most frequent neurodegenerative disease in the world. In Brazil alone, estimates indicate that there are about 12,000 people diagnosed with the disease. The main symptom is muscle weakness and the cause of the disease is unknown. ALS is a serious and rare disease; still there is no cure for disease X, but rather, treatment with medication and follow-up of professionals from various health areas, such as nutritionist.