Moving Forward
10/21/2013

Eating Healthy Is Important for Everyone, Including People with Acromegaly

healthy diet for acromegalyAn important part of living with acromegaly is taking care of yourself physically. You should focus on eating a healthy diet that meets your body's nutritional needs.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a healthy eating plan gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie goal. A healthy eating plan:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
  • Controls portions

An updated Healthy Eating Pyramid from the Harvard School of Public Health gets more specific: stating that half of your dinner plate should be filled with colorful vegetables (potatoes don't count) and fruits, and a quarter with whole grains. The rest can be filled with proteins, such as fish, poultry, beans, or nuts. Healthy oils, including olive and canola, can be used for cooking and on salads.

When it comes to eating products made from grains like bread, pasta, or cereal, choose whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta) instead of refined grains (white rice, white bread, white pasta). Consuming whole grains makes it easier for you to control your weight and lowers your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

acromegaly grain diet chart

There are also some things to stay away from or reduce in your diet, like unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Using less butter, margarine, or shortening when you cook and avoiding snacks high in fat content, which may be made with oils containing trans fats, are 2 simple ways to reduce these in your diet.

Limiting salt intake is yet another good way to improve your diet. Much of the salt people consume comes from pre-packaged foods. It's better to cook fresh whenever possible, so you control the amount of salt you use. If you like the convenience of prepared meals, look for ones with reduced sodium. If your food tastes bland, there are plenty of herbs, spices, and salt substitutes on the market to jazz your meals up!

Another important thing to remember is that how much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Watch your portions. And stay active. Regular physical activity combined with a healthy diet helps keep calories in balance and your weight in check so you can keep moving forward on your journey! 

As always, consult with your doctor or other healthcare professionals for proper dietary advice to make your journey safe, healthy, and fulfilling.

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What is Somatuline® Depot (lanreotide) Injection?

Somatuline Depot is a prescription medicine used for the long-term treatment of acromegaly when surgery or radiotherapy has not worked well enough or the patient is not able to have surgery or radiotherapy.

It is not known if Somatuline Depot is safe and effective in children.

Important Safety Information

Who should not take Somatuline Depot?

Do not take Somatuline Depot if you are allergic to lanreotide.

What are the possible side effects of Somatuline Depot?

Somatuline Depot may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Gallstones. Tell your healthcare professional if you get any of these symptoms:
    • sudden pain in your upper right stomach area (abdomen)
    • sudden pain in your right shoulder or between your shoulder blades
    • yellowing of your skin and whites of your eyes
    • fever with chills
    • nausea
  • Changes in your blood sugar (high blood sugar or low blood sugar). If you have diabetes, test your blood sugar as your healthcare professional tells you to. Your healthcare professional may change your dose of diabetes medicine
  • Slow heart rate
  • High blood pressure

The most common side effects of Somatuline Depot in people with acromegaly include diarrhea, stomach area (abdominal) pain, nausea, and pain, itching, or a lump at the injection site.

Somatuline Depot may cause dizziness. If this happens, do not drive a car or operate machinery.

What should I tell my healthcare professional before receiving Somatuline Depot?

  • Tell your healthcare professional if you have diabetes or gallbladder, thyroid, heart, kidney, or liver problems
  • Tell your healthcare professional if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant as Somatuline Depot may harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare professional if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Somatuline Depot passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare professional should decide if you will take Somatuline Depot or breastfeed. You should not do both
  • Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Somatuline Depot and other medicines may affect each other, causing side effects. Somatuline Depot may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Somatuline Depot works
  • Especially tell your healthcare professional if you take insulin or other diabetes medicines, a cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, or Sandimmune), a medicine called bromocriptine (Parlodel, Cycloset), or medicines that lower your heart rate, such as beta blockers

Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Somatuline Depot. For more information ask your healthcare professional.

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