Nutritional Care of the Chronic Posttransplant Patient

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With advances in solid organ transplantation and improved survival rates, the nutrition professional is challenged to remain cognizant of metabolic complications that may result in part due to immunosuppressive therapy, decreased diet restrictions, improved appetites, and improved sense of well-being. All patients posttransplant may develop complications including hyperlipidemia, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and osteopenia. Patients require intense nutrition counseling to inform them of these potential complications, which are preventable and treatable with quality nutrition intervention. Planning for long-term nutrition care can optimize the patient's long-term survival and quality of life.

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