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Iron Deficiency and Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Key Points Iron deficiency occurs when a person does not have enough iron in their body. Iron deficiency anemia is the low red blood cell count that results from that deficiency. A complete blood coun

Nutrition and Hydration Apps

Author: Monica Prindiville, OTS and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapy Student and Occupational Therapist

There are numerous factors to consider when deciding what to eat and drink including nutritional content, dietary restrictions and allergies, convenience, cost, and taste preferences. The apps listed

Weight Management in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Weight management can be challenging. It is likely that part of the reason is that there are factors for which our understanding is limited. While a great deal has been learned, more research is being

Water Trackers

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Visuals

The visuals below can be used to track how much water we drink each day. There are three versions: 8 oz. cups, 16 oz. water bottles, and 24 oz. water bottles. 8 oz. cups   16 oz. water bottle

Eating Refusal

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received the following question:  I have a son with Down syndrome. He had testicular cancer in his late 20s. Since then, he seems to have developed an eating disorder. He always feels he i

Weight Management Recommendations for Youth with Down Syndrome: Expert Recommendations

Author: Ptomey et al. - Frontiers in Pediatrics (2023)

Abstract Youth with Down syndrome (DS) have a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity compared to the general youth population. Due to physiological and cognitive differences observed in youth wit

Diabetes and Obesity in Down Syndrome Across the Lifespan: A Retrospective Cohort Study Using U.K. Electronic Health Records

Author: Aslam et al. - Diabetes Care (2022)

Abstract Objective:  Down syndrome (DS) is the most common form of chromosomal trisomy. Genetic factors in DS may increase the risk for diabetes. This study aimed to determine whether DS is a

Drinking a Glass of Water Visual

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist

We often encourage individuals with Down syndrome who come to our clinic to drink more water. This recommendation can be interpreted in different ways. One individual with Down syndrome who heard this

Medications for Weight Loss

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - "Ask Dr. Chicoine" LuMind IDSC Foundation

The parent of an individual with Down syndrome asked a question about medications to treat obesity in a person who has not been significantly successful with diet and exercise despite many efforts. I

Vitamins and Supplements

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - "Ask Dr. Chicoine" LuMind IDSC Foundation

We received the following question:  What vitamins and supplements would you recommend for adults 18 with Down syndrome? I have read that 2x the recommended daily dose of fish oil has been li

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

Vitamin B12 deficiency is an issue that we often check for in individuals who receive medical care at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. We usually get enough vitamin B12 from the foods we eat. Vitamin B

Tips for Staying Hydrated

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

A common recommendation we give to individuals with Down syndrome who come to our clinic is to drink more fluids. Many people with Down syndrome we see are at least mildly dehydrated

Water Tracker

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout can be used to mark off how much water you drink each day.

Products to Assist with Portion Control

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Managing portion sizes of foods can be challenging for people with and without Down syndrome. Below are some products that may help with portion control. Many of these products can be found at retaile

Guide to Healthy Drinking

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout uses a stoplight to help individuals with Down syndrome know what drinks to consume everyday (green), sometimes (yellow), and on special occasions (red).

Guide to Healthy Eating

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout uses a stoplight to help individuals with Down syndrome know what foods to eat everyday (green), sometimes (yellow), and on special occasions (red).

Healthy Pace for Eating Handout

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual shows steps to take to have a healthy pace for eating. Take a bite, put the fork down, chew 5-10 times, swallow the food, take a small drink, pick up your fork and start all over.

Low Carb Diets

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received a question about low carb diets.  I am looking for information on helping my 28-year-old daughter with Down syndrome lose some weight. We both started a low carb diet a couple wee

Tips for Eating Healthy Meals

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout provides 6 ways to make healthier choices for meals. Eating healthy meals helps us do our best at home, school, work, and in the community.

Healthy Snack Ideas

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout provides suggestions and images of healthy snacks.

Staying Hydrated

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout explains why it is important to drink water and stay hydrated.

Drinking Water

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout explains how much water we should drink each day.

Hunger and Satiety in People with Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Leptin is a hormone that contributes to appetite regulation and satiety. There is some data that show that individuals with Down syndrome have increased leptin levels which correlates with higher rate

Basic Recipes Using a Microwave

Author: Kylee's Kitchen - Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma

Find recipes for healthy meals that can be made using your microwave! Kylee's Kitchen is a program through the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma. Participants learn basic cooking s

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