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Dietary Fibre

Leana R, the dietician on the SCI team, suggests that Mr. RB increase the amount of fibre in his diet, in order to help with bowel management. After a few days on the new diet, Mr. RB complains of worsening constipation.
Q10. What is the effect of dietary fibre on bowel function in persons with SCI?
1. There is level 4 evidence that indicates high fibre diets may actually increase colonic transit time.
2. There is a need for further research to examine the optimal level of dietary intake in spinal cord injured patients.
For more information, please see: Dietary Fibre.