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Feeding Tube Diet

Posted on April 20 2012

A concept imported from Italy to facilitate weight loss is sweeping across the states helping facilitate healthy and rapid weight loss ranging from 15-25 pounds in just 10 days. Though controversial, the feeding tube diet is being utilized in patients looking for a jump start to weight loss. Is the feeding tube diet safe or right for you?

How does the feeding tube diet work?

Referred to as the K-E Diet, a physician in Miami Beach, FL has brought the concept to the states to aid in weight loss. In this diet plan, for 10 days a feeding tube is inserted through the nose that delivers an 800 calorie diet directly down the esophagus. The patient does not eat during this time as all nutrients are delivered through the tube. The patient is also fitted with a portable pump to control the flow of nutrition.

Is the feeding tube diet safe?

According to the leading US physician behind the effort, all patients are screened and monitored to ensure that there are no adverse effects from the restricted nutrition delivery plan. Prior to accepting patients, they are thoroughly screened to verify safety and need, and their progress is closely monitored. However, critics have alleged that this is not a medically necessary or safe way for patients to lose weight.

What's the worst that can happen?

The use of a feeding tube can lead to complications such as trauma to the nose, throat, and lungs and even lead to gastrointestinal bleeding. Other side effects of rapid weight loss include unbalanced nutrition and gall stones.

Should I try the feeding tube diet?

The choice to proceed with this rapid weight loss program is a decision to be made in conjunction with your physician. The logic behind the concept seems sound, but the risks may be too high to disregard. At this point, there are no enteral feeding supplies approved by the FDA for use as a weight loss program.

Learn more about enteral feeding supplies including feeding tubes and pumps online today or call to speak with a friendly representative at 1-888-687-4334.

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