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

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Fish Oils
Appetite
Energy Intake
Leukemia
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Muscles
Control Groups
Malnutrition
Body Weight
Proteins

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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