List of medical conditions that are eligible for the Special Diet Allowance:


  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic wounds or burns
  • Conditions causing unintentional weight loss/body wasting:
    • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease)
    • Anorexia Nervosa
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Cirrhosis (stages 3 and 4)
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Chronic renal failure
    • Chronic Hepatitis C (BMI < 25) with interferon treatment
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Huntington Disease
    • Lupus
    • Malignancy
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Ostomies [e.g. jejunostomy, ileostomy]
    • Pancreatic Insufficiency
    • Parkinson Disease
    • Short Bowel Syndrome
    • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Congenital heart defect — Have had Ross procedure or arterial switch procedure or have coexisting coarctation of aorta
  • Diabetes
  • Dysphagia requiring thickening liquids
  • Extreme Obesity [BMI > 40]
  • Food Allergy – Milk/Dairy
  • Food Allergy – Wheat
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Inadequate lactation to sustain breast-feeding or breast-feeding is contraindicated
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Renal Failure
  • Rett Syndrome (BMI < 18.5)

Learn More

Special Diets Expert Review Committee Final Report

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