Malnutrition is a serious problem, and a large proportion of patients are diagnosed as being malnourished when they are assessed on admission to hospital.
Nutritional management of cachexia with food alone has until now shown little effect. The marine omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA has anti-inflammatory properties and can positively affect the inflammation associated with cachexia.
Medical nutrition has an important role in the treatment of cancer patients. Good nutritional status is a prerequisite for successful treatment and optimal outcomes.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients often lose weight due to reduced food intake owing to diminished appetite as well as increased energy consumption. Many COPD patients experience undesirable loss of muscle mass.
Chronic inflammation is viewed as the persistence of an acute inflammatory response and is widely observed in chronic diseases, which have risen so dramatically in the western world in the last decades.