The link between undernutrition and tuberculosis is an established fact. The risk of infection is compounded by nutritional insecurity, and in turn, malnutrition can be a consequence of the disease. Malnutrition is therefore very common in people with tuberculosis.
Because nutritional support plays a catalytic and strengthening role in social protection programs in the fight against tuberculosis, Nutriset offers Plumpy'Soy™, a ready-to-use product that is easy to integrate into the continuum of care for TB patients, thus contributing to improving their quality of life. For health program managers, Plumpy'Soy™ has the advantage of being convenient to store and easy to administer.
Although the effect of nutritional supplementation on disease prevention and the health status of people with tuberculosis has not been systematically studied, it is known that undernutrition in patients with active tuberculosis is associated with increased frequency and severity of the disease, or even a two to fourfold increase in mortality.
During treatment, weight loss also increases the risk of long-term relapse even after initial healing. Undernutrition is also associated with malabsorption of the main anti-tuberculosis drugs.
The nutritional support of TB patients aims to restore body weight within the desired range, with an emphasis on recovering lost lean mass. Weight gain, along with a boost in muscle strength, helps improve quality of life. In addition, nutritional support contributes to better adherence to therapy.
WithPlumpy'Soy™, Nutriset is expanding its range of nutritional solutions to be integrated into health programs targeting communicable diseases. See also Plumpy’UP™, for people living with HIV.
References: Guideline: Nutritional care and support for patients with Tuberculosis, Geneva, World Health Organization, 2013