Disciplines: Dietetics
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES
Peer Reviewer(s): Leigh Anne Kamerman Burns, MS, LDN, RD
Item#: F5220
Contents: 1 Course Book (46 pages)

Nutritional Considerations in the Patient With Gastroparesis or Diabetic Gastroparesis

Price $39.95
Item # F5220
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: September 27, 2017

Expiration Date: September 26, 2020

This course examines the epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatments, and nutritional considerations for patients with gastroparesis, particularly those with diabetic gastroparesis. Additionally, the course reviews practical strategies to improve the nutritional depletion that often accompanies this debilitating condition.


Performance Indicators: 8.1.5 Applies medical nutrition therapy in disease prevention and management. 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.

Learning Codes: 5190: Diabetes mellitus; 5220: Gastrointestinal disorders; 5000: Medical Nutrition Therapy

This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 2 CPEU hours, Level 2.

Course Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the physiology of normal digestion and digestion in patients with gastroparesis.
  • Discuss the nutrition recommendations for treating patients with gastroparesis and diabetic gastroparesis.
  • Identify nutritional consequences of gastroparesis and diabetic gastroparesis.

Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES, is a registered dietitian who acts as the program director for the dietetic internship at North Oaks Medical Center and as the dietetics planner for Western Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in dietetics and a master’s degree in health studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. Leslie maintains a license as a registered dietitian and as a certified health education specialist. She is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and maintains registration as a certified specialist in sports dietetics through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


Leigh Anne Kamerman Burns, MS, LDN, RD, has practiced medical nutritional therapy for 27 years. A specialist in the area of nutrition support, she earned a bachelor of science degree from Northeastern Louisiana University and a master of science from Louisiana Technical University. She spent 13 years practicing as a nutritionist for the E. A. Conway LSU Health Sciences Center in Monroe, Louisiana, and as an instructor of clinical medicine at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, where she cared for the critically ill, including oncology patients. She has dedicated much effort to cancer prevention and early detection. Her work in this area includes coordinating the Partners In Wellness Cancer Screening program for 10 years. In 2002, she transferred to New Orleans, where she is an instructor and clinical specialist in the Department of Nutrition. She presently is part of the Gastroenterology Department and takes care of patients in outpatient clinical setting in areas of diabetes, weight loss, heart disease, and gastrointestinal complications including gastroparesis and oncology. She teaches medical students, residents, and fellows various areas of nutrition and participates in both research and patient care in the area of oncology and cancer prevention. She has specialized in the clinical practice care of oncology patients for 25 years, spending much of the last 14 years caring for patients with carcinoid cancer, which included managing complications related to gastrointestinal malabsorption.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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