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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 222-225

A study of impact of cost-effective nutritional supplement in patients on maintenance hemodialysis

1 Department of Nephrology, NU Hospitals, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Dietetics, NU Hospitals, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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D Rangarajan
NU Hospitals, CA 6, 15 Main, 11th Cross, Padmanabha Nagar, Bengaluru - 560 070, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-4065.132995

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Nutritional status in patients on hemodialysis is always of concern as malnutrition predisposes to excess morbidity and mortality. Most of the nutritional supplements available in the market are expensive. We explored the possibility of improving nutrition of the patients on maintenance hemodialysis by supplementation of calories and proteins that can be given in the form of a palatable and economical gruel in this prospectively designed, open labeled study. Patients who were on maintenance hemodialysis (twice a week) for a period of at least 6 months were divided into two groups. The study group was given the gruel supplement and the control group was not given the gruel supplement. Nutritional status was assessed in the study group and controls at 0 and 3 months by the following parameters: percentage body fat, mid arm muscle circumference and serum albumin. Analysis of results revealed that there was a significant decline in the protein intake at the end of the 3 rd month in the control group (P = 0.01). Other parameters did not show significant change at the end of the study period in both groups. The nutritional supplement can be assumed to have helped at least in the maintenance of protein intake over this short period and could possibly in the long run contribute to improvement of nutritional parameters.


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