Market trends in clinical nutrition
The medical field now knows how vital a role specific nutritional needs play in managing illness and recovery. Clinical nutrition products aid the elderly and people suffering from long-term illnesses, preserving quality of life and supporting vital functions.
The ageing population creates new challenges for clinical nutrition. According to the United Nations, one in six people will be aged over 65 by 2050, compared to one in eleven in 2019.
Ageing well depends on several factors, one of the most important of which is nutrition.
Products adapted to seniors help them maintain sufficient protein and calorie intake. Milk proteins are a valuable tool in the quest for a healthy way of life that increases both life expectancy and independence later in life. They also play an essential role in facilities like nursing homes, where they can be used as part of a complete snack to combat nocturnal fasting.
Clinical nutrition is also used for chronically ill patients, whether they are hospitalised or at home. These patients have specific problems: loss of taste during chemotherapy, difficulty in consuming even small quantities of food, etc. Custom solutions must therefore be developed for the well-being and nutrition of these patients. These may include ingredients with a high concentration of protein in very small doses. Special attention must also be paid to the texture and fluidity of these products.