When Millie began coming to TherapyWorks at 3 years old, her triglyceride levels resembled those of a middle-aged man. Those blood levels, high blood pressure, obesity and a heart murmur created a dangerous health situation. In addition to the health issues, Millie was suffering from abdominal pain, gagging and choking, vomiting and diarrhea. Millie was referred to TherapyWorks for medical nutrition therapy.
During her evaluation, dietitian Andrea Shotton, MS, RD, LD, suspected lactose intolerance and a diet high in simple sugars was mainly to blame for Millie’s poor health and discomfort. During her weekly therapy sessions, Shotton measures and weighs Millie and records her calorie and food intake from the week. Shotton also teaches Millie and her family how to make good food choices.
She now drinks lactose-free milk and has learned how to balance meal plans with whole grains and vegetables. Her daily diet includes omega-3 fatty acids, like flaxseed, to aid in lowering triglycerides. Millie helps choose her menu for the week using color coded buttons to represent the food groups. Along with improving her diet, she works hard at keeping herself actively busy rather than overeating.
Within a year, Millie’s blood levels have returned to normal and her Body Mass Index (BMI) places her at the ideal body weight for her age and she no longer experiences the gastrointestinal symptoms. Her grandmother reports Millie has more energy, doesn’t get winded as easily and thrives as a happy, healthy 5-year-old girl.