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Perspective - Allied Journal of Medical Research (2022) Volume 6, Issue 10

Quality of life is reduced by malnutrition in patients with gastroenterology

Norman Herbert*

Department of Internal Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, South Africa.

*Corresponding Author:
Norman Herbert
Department of Internal Medicine
Hallym University College of Medicine
Chuncheon, South Africa

Received:27-Sep-2022, Manuscript No. AAAJMR-22-81125; Editor assigned: 29-Sep-2022, PreQC No. AAAJMR-22-81125(PQ); Reviewed:13-Oct-2022, QC No. AAAJMR-22-81125; Revised:18-Oct-2022, Manuscript No. AAAJMR-22-81125(R); Published:25-Oct-2022, DOI: 10.35841/aaccr-4.4.117

Citation: Herbert N. Quality of life is reduced by malnutrition in patients with gastroenterology. Allied J Med Res. 2022;6(10):147

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Both morbidity and mortality are affected by malnutrition, which is common in both chronic and acute gastrointestinal diseases. Muscle function typically declines when nutritional status is compromised, which ultimately leads to a functional status that is compromised. In various populations, including elderly institutionalised patients, people with cancer, and those undergoing dialysis, studies have linked malnutrition to a lower quality of life. The subjective multidimensional construct of quality of life includes functional status, emotional and social well-being, and overall health. Based on the patient's assessment of their health, it is measured. Quality of life has emerged as a new clinically useful outcome measure for assessing patients' conditions or the advantages of novel treatment approaches. Quality of life is crucial, and its measurement should be incorporated as one key therapeutic aim, especially in chronic disease, where recovery from disease is not always possible. The relationship between more objective measurements, such as illness parameters, nutritional status, and subjective quality of life, must thus be better understood. The effects of dietary deficit have not been examined in studies looking at factors affecting quality of life in benign gastrointestinal disease. There are currently no data on nutritional status and quality of life in patients with benign gastrointestinal disease. We investigated the effects of malnutrition as detected by the Subjective Global Assessment in individuals with benign gastroenterological disease because it frequently occurs in gastroenterological disease [1].

Quality of life

The validated 36-item Short-Form General Health Survey from the Medical Outcomes Study, which is covered in more detail elsewhere, was used to measure quality of life. The questionnaire is self-administered and consists of 36 items that create 8 multi-item scales. These scales run from 0% to 100%, although the norm values are very different between the scales. All scales were therefore not only reported as absolute values but also norm based scored, i.e., each scale was scored to have the same average and the same standard deviation, in order to aid interpretation and compare the results with norm values achieved in 1998. We used the conventional scoring systems, as Ware has advised. The eight scales' results can therefore be readily compared because they are all standardised in regard to population norms [2].

Muscle function

Using a Digimax electronic dynamometer, hand grip strength was assessed in the dominant and nondominant hands. The patients underwent the test while seated comfortably with the elbow supported on a table and flexed to 90 degrees, the forearm in neutral position, and the wrist in neutral rotation. The patients were told to make their strongest possible isometric contractions. The highest value was recorded after the test was repeated after 30 seconds. The Vitalograph Peak Flow Meter examined peak expiratory flow. Patients were told to exhale as quickly and strongly as they could. The highest value was recorded after the test was repeated after 30 seconds [3].


A portable electronic scale was used to measure body weight while wearing light clothing to the nearest 0.1 kg, and a portable stadiometer was used to measure height to the nearest 0.1 cm. BMI was calculated using the user's weight and height. On the non-dominant relaxed arm, we used a nonelastic tape measure to measure the diameter of the mid-upper arm to the nearest 0.1 cm, and we used a Holtain calliper to measure the thickness of the triceps skinfold to the nearest 0.1 mm. Gurney's method was used to calculate the size of the arm's muscle and fat deposits [4].

Body composition

BIA was carried out utilising a BIA 2000M and 800 A at 50 kHz of alternating electric current. After an overnight fast, patients were measured the following morning while lying on their backs with their arms and legs removed. On the dorsum of the dominant side of the body's hand and foot were put source and sensor electrodes. Then, using Kushner and Schoeller's formula, the total body water and fat-free mass were determined. Body cell mass and extracellular mass were determined in the same manner as before. BCM was also expressed with height correction. The ratio of ECM to BCM was determined to look for shifts between the two [5].


The greatest subgroups among the participants in our study were those who had IBD or liver cirrhosis. We concentrated the evaluation on these patients since it is evident that underlying disease affects health-related quality of life. Malnourished liver cirrhosis patients experienced statistically significant declines in all scales, with the exception of the perception of social functioning and physical pain, whereas malnourished IBD patients had social functioning compromised, but primarily the physical scales, such as physical functioning, role physical, and vitality.


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