OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of 3 months consumption of Medical Nutrition Supplements (MNS) in adults complaining of generalized weakness and fatigue.
BACKGROUND: Despite its high prevalence, fatigue remains an oftenneglected symptom. Fatigue is strongly associated with poor physical performance. Proper balanced daily nutrition is vital for adults, which includes adequate levels of essential high - quality proteins, amino acids and complex carbohydrates to help meet adult nutritional needs. Therefore, in the present study, the short-term effects of MNS rich in proteins, hemo -nutrients and biotin in adults complaining of generalized weakness and fatigue were studied.
DESIGN: This was a retrospective observational study where MNS (MaxvidaTM) was given to 289 subjects (aged 18 - 45 years) between 1st March to 30th April 2019 and evaluated for their clinical data (age, weight, and BMI), Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS) and Hand - Held Dynamometry (HHD) at 1, 2 and 3 months.
RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 33.5 years in this study. No significant change in BMI was observed from baseline 22.3 ± 0.3 to 22.8 ± 0.2 at 3 months (p = 0.166). Weight was found to increase from baseline 55.5 ± 0.7 kg to 57.7 ± 0.6 kg at 3 months (p = 0.017). A statistically significant increase in Hb levels was observed from baseline 9.6 ± 0.1 to 11.6 ± 0.1 at 3 months (p = 0.0001) due to MNS intake. There was a significant reduction in MFIS score from baseline 48.8 ± 0.9 to 31.4 ± 1.2 at 3 months (p=0.0001), and improvement in HHD score from 21.6 ± 0.5 to 26.4 ± 0.5 at 3 months (p = 0.001). No serious adverse effects were noticed during consumption.
CONCLUSION: A medical nutrition supplement used in the study was found to be efficacious in improving the fatigue levels and muscle strength in subjects with no deleterious effects.