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How medical nutritional therapy helps patients in hospitals

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Dr. Preeti Nagar, Dietician at Noida International Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital(NIIMS), NIU
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Noida/Divya Rashtra (Purushottam Sharma) : Medical nutritional therapy plays a vital role in patient care within hospitals. An improvement in clinical patient outcomes may result from nutrition therapy that delivers nutrients to the body in an optimal manner. It preserves the functioning of the organs by providing the necessary substrates, modifies the inflammatory response to surgery, trauma, or any severe disease, and optimizes metabolic status. Medical nutritional therapy helps to lower the chance of infection and gives energy to the body. There are various reasons why we should go for nutritional therapy for patients in hospitals-

Medical nutritional therapy helps patients by supporting recovery which ensures all patients receive the necessary nutrients for their recovery process. This therapy helps the patients recover from their illness, surgery, or any other type of injury. Proper nutrition therapy can help you rebuild tissues, support the immune system, and promote overall healing.

It helps you recover from your disease and improve your medical condition. Medical nutritional therapy helps patients with their medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, and gastrointestinal disorders. It also helps to prevent malnutrition that is caused due to poor appetite, increased nutrient needs, or difficulty eating. Medical nutritional therapy aims to prevent malnutrition by assessing patients’ nutritional status, and also provide interventions such as oral nutritional supplements, enteral nutrition, or parenteral nutrition when it’s necessary.

Nutritional therapy is also essential for wound healing. Therapy ensures that patients receive the proper nutrients to repair and regenerate tissues. It includes protein for tissue synthesis and vitamins and minerals for cellular function to support metabolic processes.

Several diseases or medical interventions might result in side effects that impact nutrition absorption, appetite, or digestion. With dietary adjustments, medical nutritional therapy can assist in the management of these symptoms.

Research has shown that proper nutrition during hospitalization is associated with improved clinical outcomes, including shorter hospital stays, reduced risk of complications, and lower rates of readmission.

According to Dr. Preeti Nagar, Dietician at Noida International Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital(NIIMS), NIU- Medical nutritional therapy plays a key role in achieving good health and fast recovery. It optimizes patient nutritional status and supports their overall health. Nutritional therapy addresses dietary demands and helps patients with different medical diseases and treatment settings have better health outcomes. It is an essential part of patient care in hospitals. The nutritional value is enough to give essential nutrients to the body to have energy and get cured.

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