Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/16/2008
Publication Date: 2/29/2008
Citation: Burri, B.J. 2008. Nutrition of People with Spinal Cord Injuries. Conference proceeding.
Technical Abstract: This conference proceeding summarizes current knowledge about the nutritional status and needs of the spinal cord injured patient. Topics covered include the aspects of spinal cord injury that influence nutrient intakes and status, and the nutrients most likely to be problematic in this diverse group of Americans. Current research in our laboratory and elsewhere suggests that healthy people with spinal cord injuries are at increased risk for marginal nutrient status, especially for vitamin D and calcium, which are nutrients that are associated with bone health. The incidence of metabolic syndrome, a constellation of obesity, high blood pressure, low high density lipoprotein concentration, high triacylglycerol concentration and insulin resistance, also appears to be increased. Furthermore, these nutritional deficits appear to increase with duration of the injury, and to be influenced by the location of the injury (whether the person had paraplegia or tetraplegia).