Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Short Bowel Syndrome
What should I eat and drink if I have short bowel syndrome?
If you have short bowel syndrome, talk with your doctor about what you should eat and drink. Your doctor may refer you to a registered dietitian to help you plan a healthy diet. Check on the cost of a dietitian’s services and whether your health insurance may pay for some or all of these services.
Your doctor or dietitian will recommend foods and drinks to
- help you get enough nutrients, fluids, and electrolytes
- help your intestines adapt, or change to work better
- improve your symptoms and prevent complications
Different people with short bowel syndrome may need different diets. Health care professionals can recommend a diet that’s right for you based on many factors, including
- which parts of your intestines are missing, and which parts are present and work well
- your stage of short bowel syndrome and how much nutrition support you receive
- your symptoms
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