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Dietary tips for diarrhea

Diarrhea is a symptom that often occurs in several types of NETs. Chronic diarrhea can cause dehydration and weight loss. Make sure to speak to your doctor about any diarrhea you experience. Always ask them before you take any medications for diarrhea since these may interact with some NETs treatments. Diarrhea may also be attributed to other aspects of your treatment such as surgery or medication, so always talk to your doctor about the cause of your diarrhea and how to treat it.

Loss of appetite and weight loss

As someone living with NETs, you may lose your appetite if you’re feeling unwell due to various symptoms and treatment side effects. This can also lead to weight loss.

Although you may not feel like eating, remember that getting good nutrition and keeping a healthy weight are important parts of your recovery. Ask your doctor for suggestions about ways to relieve other gastrointestinal symptoms you may have, such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, or stomach pain.

 

Tips for getting nutrition when your appetite is poor

  • Eat five to six small meals a day and snack whenever you are hungry
  • Determine which times of day you are hungry, make sure to eat at those times, and do not limit how much you eat
  • Eat nutritious snacks that are high in calories and protein, such as nuts, yogurt, cheeses, eggs, milkshakes, ice cream, cereal, and pudding
  • Keep your favorite foods on hand for snacking
  • Add calories and protein to foods by adding sauces, gravy, butter, cheese, cream, and nuts
  • Drink fluids between meals, rather than with meals. Drinking during a meal may make you feel full too quickly
  • Choose nutritious or filling drinks, such as milk or nutritional milkshakes or smoothies
  • Ask family members or friends to get groceries and prepare food for you when you are too tired to shop or cook, and consider buying precooked meals or order your groceries online

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