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Thick-It® Brand Education Center: Your knowledge resource for living with dysphagia

One in 17 people will experience a swallowing difficulty in their lifetime.¹ Often caused by another serious condition such as stroke, ALS, head or neck cancer, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease, a dysphagia diagnosis exacerbates an already stressful and frightening situation. When eating and drinking become difficult, patients are at risk for choking or aspiration pneumonia, as well as dehydration and malnutrition.²

The Thick-It® brand is here to help. Since 1987, we’ve devoted our efforts to developing the most innovative dysphagia nutrition products available. But it takes more than thickeners, beverages, and purées to improve the lives of people with dysphagia. It takes knowledge and skills. We’re proud to provide a variety of resources to help you confidently manage you or your loved one’s swallowing disorder.


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  1. Chattanooga Group, “Dysphagia Fact Sheet”, 2005, vitalstimtherapy.com.
  2. Sara Tagliaferri, “The risk of dysphagia is associated with malnutrition and poor functional outcomes in a large population of outpatient older individuals.” Clinical Nutrition, Science Direct, 2018, sciencedirect.com.