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What is medical nutrition

Medical nutrition provides specialised nutritional support for patients who may benefit from dietary management of their specific disease, disorder or medical condition.

Medical nutrition is for the dietary management of patients affected by a specific disease, disorder or medical condition.

It consists of specialised formulations to be used by patients, under the supervision of medical professionals, across a variety of care settings.

Nutritional support can benefit the quality of life and positively influence the management of patient health in many disease areas. Medical nutrition interventions may be needed at any moment in life, but are more commonly seen in paediatric care, in adult critical care and in elderly care across the frailty spectrum.

In Europe, medical nutrition products are also termed as ‘Foods for Special Medical Purpose (FSMP)’ by regulatory bodies.