Nutritional supplements for people being treated for active tuberculosis

Grobler, Liesl ; Nagpal, Sukrti ; Sudarsanam, Thambu D. ; Sinclair, David (2016-06-29)

CITATION: Grobler, L. et al. 2016. Nutritional supplements for people being treated for active tuberculosis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 6:CD006086, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006086.pub4.

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Background: Tuberculosis and malnutrition are linked in a complex relationship. Tuberculosis may cause undernutrition through increasedmetabolic demands and decreased intake, and nutritional deficiencies may worsen the disease, or delay recovery by depressing important immune functions. At present, there is no evidence-based nutritional guidance for adults and children being treated for tuberculosis. Objectives: To assess the effects of oral nutritional supplements in people being treated with antituberculous drug therapy for active tuberculosis.

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