My grandfather has always been a jovial and fun loving person. He is adventurous and loves to go on hikes even at his amazing age of 78 years old. A couple of years ago our family had gathered together to plan on the next expedition, but before we could finalize on anything, our grandfather suffered a stroke. Keeping everything aside, the family decided to be with him for the next few months as even in this fragile condition he was sure of not letting us go hiking without him!
Three months later when my grandfather started showing better signs of health, the doctor suggested visiting a specialist for a proper recovery. Although he was reluctant in the start, but later gave in after our constant requests. The specialist in question was a clinical nutritionist, who is trained to recognize health-related issues and provide their patients with individualised care. The treatment plan is chalked out in combination with significant research results, knowledge of traditional medicines and the need to consume essential foods. They either work independently in the public health sector or with dieticians and other health professionals in the sector.
After a couple of visits at the nutritionist, I actually started understanding the importance of Clinical Nutrition for an individual’s health. For the patients who have been suffering from sickness, injuries and surgeries, clinical nutrition provides a personalized diet plan of vital food and health supplements, including protein and vitamins to help them restore body tissue and improving overall immunity. It was with no doubt that my grandfather started recovering much better and faster too.
Importance of Clinical Nutrition
Clinical nutrition is termed as nutrition of patients in health care. Clinical nutrition helps to keep patients healthy as they contain adequate supplements like minerals, vitamins, and others. They assist to recover metabolic system of the body. If a person lacks adequate amount of nutrients in his/her diet, then they are asked to take clinical nutrients. Further, high birth rate and higher number of premature births in addition to growing geriatric population, and rising incidence of metabolic and chronic disorders is anticipated to propel the growth of the global clinical nutrition market. However, lack of awareness about clinical nutrients and high cost or side effects of nutritional products might hamper the growth of the market.
Global clinical nutrition market was valued at US$ 54.85 Billion in 2019 is estimated to grow at an impressive rate of 7.36% during the forecast period owing to increasing cases of chronic diseases and increasing awareness pertaining to health and fitness among people.
The global clinical nutrition market is segmented based on route of administration, nutrition type, application, end user, substrates, company and region. In terms of route of administration, the market is segmented into oral and intravenous. Oral segment is dominating the market with a market share of nearly 52%. In terms of nutrition type, the market is segmented into enteral nutrition and parental nutrition. Enteral nutrition is further segmented into oral nutrition supplements and tube feeding while parental nutrition is segmented into supplemental parenteral nutrition, total parenteral nutrition, all-in-one system and multiple bottle system. Enteral nutrition segment is expected to account for the largest clinical nutrition market share during the forecast years on account of ease of administration and wide availability for products like powders, capsules, soft gels, and liquids. Based on end user, the market is segmented into infant & child, adults and geriatrics. Infant & child nutrition led the clinical nutrition market in 2019 on the back of increasing demand for disease or disorder specific nutrition for children, especially in developing economies.
Some of the major players operating in the global clinical nutrition market include Nestle S.A., Danone S.A., Abbott Nutrition, Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd., Baxter International Inc., B Braun Melsungen AG, Meiji Holding Co. Ltd., BASF SE, CONMED Corporation, Lonza Group AG, Vesco Medical LLC, Perrigo Company Plc, Pfizer Inc., Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc., and others. The market players are opting for strategies like partnership, collaboration, expansion and acquisition to increase their share in the global clinical nutrition market.
Generally we tend to get the required nutrients that our body needs through our normal daily diets. However in circumstances where we may suffer from a disease, stress, injury or anything that has adverse effects, our body tends to lose the sufficient proteins, vitamins and minerals required for our everyday activities. In such situations it is important to turn towards a diet plan that has been specifically formulated for us based on our individual condition. This not only fills the void, but also helps the body to recover properly in the long run.