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One in 17 people will develop some form of dysphagia in their lifetime, including 50 to 75 percent of stroke patients and 60 to 70 percent of patients who undergo radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Estimates of dysphagia’s prevalence in such neurological diseases as Parkinson’s disease and ALS run as high as 90 percent. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dysphagia, you are probably familiar with the physical challenges of the condition, including the dangers of aspiration and choking, while also increasing the likelihood of dehydration and malnutrition. Equally challenging, however, are the emotional aspects that accompany this swallowing disorder.
As one of the most commonly diagnosed swallowing disorders, dysphagia affects approximately 10 million Americans. In fact, one in 17 men and women in the U.S. will experience some form of dysphagia in their lifetime and nearly half of people over age 60 will be affected by the disorder. Typically the result of a neurological disorder or other physical problem, dysphagia damages the nerves and muscles involved in the swallowing process. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this disorder, it may help to understand some of the root causes of this condition as they relate to your specific situation.
When you or a loved one are diagnosed with dysphagia, you may feel confused, upset, and helpless. While the prospects of dealing with a swallowing disorder may seem overwhelming, you are not alone.
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Thick-It®, the number one retail brand in dysphagia nutrition solutions, including purees and thickening agents, is also the premier producer of ready-to-drink dysphagia hydration products with its AquaCareH2O® Beverage line. Designed for dysphagia patients in hospitals, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities as well as at-home use, AquaCareH2O pre-thickened, ready-to-drink solutions provide convenient and easy-to-use hydration options for those with swallowing disorders and the healthcare professionals who care for them.
Just because your loved one may have difficulty swallowing, doesn't mean that she shouldn't be able to enjoy the holiday meals just as much as everyone else. Often, those with dysphagia feel removed from the dinner table and a little embarrassed because their meals look different.
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