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IBD patients with clinical remission often malnourished, sarcopenic

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European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Reuters Health - 05/02/2021 - Malnutrition and sarcopenia are common in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in clinical remission, a recent study suggests. In 344 IBD patients in clinical remission, researchers assessed malnutrition using the Mini Nutritional Assessment questionnaire and also examined hand grip, physical performance and fat-free mass to help identify sarcopenia. Overall, 5.5% were underweight, 9.9% were malnourished and an additional 39.5% were at risk for becoming malnourished. The researchers identified sarcopenia or probable sarcopenia in 41.3%. The total number of IBD flares requiring hospitalization was the biggest predictor of sarcopenia in the study population, followed by free-fat mass index, age, BMI, and the nutritional assessment, researchers report in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Malnutrition is common among IBD patients due to limited diet and food intake, malabsorption, and catabolis...


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