Fish oil supplementation is beneficial on caloric intake, appetite and mid upper arm muscle circumference in children with leukaemia

Zalina Abu Zaid, Suzana Shahar, A Rahman A Jamal, Noor Aini Mohd Yusof

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    Abstract

    A randomised trial was carried out to determine the effect of supplementation of fish oil among 51 children with leukaemia aged 4 to 12 years on appetite level, caloric intake, body weight and lean body mass. They were randomly allocated into the trial group (TG) and the control group (CG). At baseline, 30.8% of TG subjects and 44.0% of CG subjects were malnourished and 7.7% of subject from TG and 28.0% from CG were classified as stunted. The majority of subjects from TG and CG were in the mild malnutrition category for mid upper arm muscle circumference (MUAMC)-for-age. The TG group showed significant increment in MUAMC (0.13 cm vs -0.09 cm) compared with CG at 8 weeks (p<0.001). There was a significant higher increase for appetite level (0.12±0.33) (p<0.05) and an increasing trend on energy and protein intake in the TG group (213±554 kcal; 3.64± 26.8 g) than in the CG group. In conclusion, supplementation of fish oil has a positive effect on appetite level, caloric intake and MUAMC among children with leukaemia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)502-510
    Number of pages9
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
    Volume21
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • Appetite
    • Caloric intake
    • Fish oil
    • Leukaemia
    • MUAMC

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