The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 22, Issue 9, pp 272–273 | Cite as

Effect of yogurt with prune whip on constipation

  • Francis P. Ferrer 
  • Linn J. Boyd 
Article

Summary

  1. 1.

    A mixture of Prune Whip and Plain Yogurt has been prepared and administered to one hundred ninety-four (194) institutionalized, chronically ill patients with an average age of 71.6%. Of these ninety-one (91) or 46.9% were diabetic.

     
  2. 2.

    Twenty-nine (29) or 14.5% refused to take the mixture.

     
  3. 3.

    One hundred eighty-seven (187) patients, or 95.8%, required no laxatives during the period of administration of the Prune Whip Yogurt. Of those who ate the mixture, seven (7) or 4.2% had to resort to laxatives.

     
  4. 4.

    Twenty (20) or 22% of the diabetics revealed an increase in blood sugar but little or no glycosuria.

     
  5. 5.

    Improvement in skin tone, seborrheic dermatitis, chronic ileus and diabetic ulcers was noted.

     
  6. 6.

    During the period of Yogurt administration, nursing care was simplified because of an improvement in morale. There were fewer requests for additional food.

     

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Copyright information

© Sandfield Publishing Company 1954

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis P. Ferrer 
    • 2
  • Linn J. Boyd 
    • 1
  1. 1.Metropolitan Hospital Research UnitNew York Medical CollegeNew York CityNew York
  2. 2.Bird S. Coler HospitalNew York

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