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Tropical Sprue
A person with tropical sprue has a condition that causes malabsorption. A person with malabsorption is unable to absorb nutrients, such as sugar, fat, protein, or vitamins from food. The cause of tropical sprue is unknown, but it may be caused by an intestinal infection that damages the wall of the intestine.

Diarrhea is the most common symptom of tropical sprue. Additional symptoms of tropical sprue include loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, weight loss, fatigue, fever, and excessive gas.

Treatment for tropical sprue may include antibiotics, vitamin B supplements, and iron supplements.

Tropical sprue causes malabsorption, a condition that can prevent the body from taking in important nutrients. Foods known to cause symptoms should be avoided. Otherwise, a generally healthy diet should be followed.

Strategies for a healthy diet include:
Limit your intake of fat to 30% of your total calories.

10% to 15% of your total calories should be in the form of monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil.

Consume only unsaturated fats that are low in cholesterol.

Consume less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day.

Eat dietary fiber: whole grains are best.

Avoid fad diets.

Check with your doctor about B vitamin supplements. Some people may benefit from B vitamins.

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