Research Article, J Food Nutr Disor Vol: 7 Issue: 1
Evaluation of the Nutritional Status of Hemodialysate Patients
Olfa Berriche, Nadia Ben Amor*, Faten Mahjoub, Chaima Jemai, Ines Lahmar, Oumayma Samti, Chiraz Amrouch and Henda Jamoussi
Department of Diabetology and Nutritional Diseases, National Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology of Tunisia, Tunisia
*Corresponding Author : Nadia Ben Amor
Resident Doctor in Nutrition, Department of Diabetology and Nutritional Diseases, National Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, Tunisia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: December 13, 2017 Accepted: January 03, 2018 Published: January 08, 2018
Citation: Berriche O, Amor NB, Lahmar I, Jemaï C Oumayma S, et al. (2018) Evaluation of the Nutritional Status of Hemodialysate Patients. J Food Nutr Disor 7:1. doi: 10.4172/2324-9323.1000242
Introduction: Chronic hemodialysis is often malnourished which can impair the effectiveness of dialysis and increases morbidity and mortality. Evaluation of the nutritional status of these patients is difficult and requires the simultaneous use of several parameters. Patients and methods: This cross-sectional study involved 30 patients under the age of 65, followed by the nephrology department of Rabta Hospital in Tunis. These patients were recruited during a month from January to February 2017. The assessment of nutritional status was based on: a food survey, anthropometric measurements (dry weight, height, Body Mass Index, percentage of weight loss within six months, brachial circumference), biological assays (hemogram, C-reactive protein, albuminemia, blood cholesterol) and the Nutritional Risk Index. Results: More than half of our patients had an average daily energy intake <25 kcal/kg/d. Only 6.7% of our patients had satisfactory average daily protein rations. Dietary micronutrient evaluation revealed that our population had insufficient intakes of calcium, iron, vitamins B1 and B9. The frequency of malnutrition varied according to the anthropometric parameter used: 13.3% had a weight loss of more than 10% in the last 6 months, 46.7% had a Body Mass Index <23 kg/m² and 40% had a brachial circumference <22 cm. The albuminemia was <35 g/l in 36.6% of cases. Conclusion: The management of chronic hemodialysis patients must be multidisciplinary: nephrologist, nutritionist and dietician.
Keywords: Hemodialysis; Nutritional intakes; Anthropometry; Albuminemia; Malnutrition
BMI: Body Mass Index; CRP: C-reactive Protein; BC: Brachial Circumference; NRI: Nutritional Risk Index
With increasing life expectancy and the development of certain diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure, kidney disease has major impact on the population. More than one million people worldwide are being treated with dialysis . In Tunisia, the number of patients with renal insufficiency has increased from 4,200 cases in 2000 to 9,500 cases in 2016. In addition, 600 dialysis patients per million Tunisian residents are registered .
Patients with chronic terminal renal insufficiency are often malnourished due to an imbalance between inadequate nutritional intake, catabolism and increased needs . Early diagnosis and management of undernutrition in hemodialysis can reduce the incidence of co-morbidities and improve the efficiency of dialysis, thus providing a better quality of life . As in the general population, evaluation of nutritional status requires the simultaneous use of several clinical, biological and biophysical markers.
In our study, it is proposed to evaluate the nutritional status of a group of 30 chronic hemodialysis patients followed regularly in a hemodialysis unit at the Rabta hospital in Tunis.
Patients and Methods
This cross-sectional study involves 30 patients under the age of 65, followed by the nephrology department of Rabta Hospital in Tunis. These patients were recruited during one month from January to February 2017.
*Inclusion criteria: Introduction in hemodialysis for more than 6 months.
*Exclusion criteria: Patients are excluded from this study with:
Deterioration in the physical or mental state that does not allow for a coherent response to the interrogation.
Difficulties to stand on a person scale.
Hemodynamic instability not allowing to determining the dry weight.
The assessment of nutritional status was based on:
A food survey: We used the “food history” method of three days: one day of dialysis, one day without dialysis and one day of weekend. For the analysis of foods and their translation into nutrients, we used the Tunisian Food Composition Table (2007 Edition) of the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology and that of Regal (CIQUAL 2016), as well as the computer software “BILNUT”. In order to determine the nutritional requirements, we referred to the recommendations of the European Best Practice Guidelines .
The average energy ration was calculated by comparing the average energy intake for the dry weight of the patient.
- The size measured with a rod and the dry weight using a personal scale (performed at the end of the hemodialysis session to limit the artifacts associated with changes in the state of hydration).
- The percentage of weight loss (ΔP (%)) calculated in relation to the previous weight of 6 months. Weight loss greater than 10% in 6 months indicates undernutrition .
ΔP (%)=[(usual weight - current weight) / usual weight]x100
- Body mass index (BMI) defined as the ratio of weight to square and expressed in kg/m² (measured from dry weight). A value below 23 kg/m² is an indicator of malnutrition .
- The brachial circumference (BC) measured by a tape measure. A value of less than 22 cm is in favor of a significant decrease in muscle mass .
Biological measurements: The biological check-up was performed prior to the hemodialysis session, including: blood glucose, serum creatinine, cholesterol, hemogram, albuminemia (assayed by immunophlemetry), CRP. Malnutrition has been defined if: albuminemia <35 g/l  (albuminemia was interpreted after CRP verification) and cholesterol levels <1 g/l .
Nutritionnal Risk Index (NRI):
NRI=1.519×albuminuria+0.417×(current weight/usual weight)×100 .
The NRI allows the individualization of three sub-groups:
-Absence of under nutrition: >97.5
-Moderate under nutrition: 83.5-97.5
-Severe malnutrition: <83.5
The statistical analysis of the data was done using SPSS software version 20.0. The data was entered on EpiData 3.1. In all comparisons, the significance level was set to 0.05 (p<0.05).
The average age of the patients were 48.5 ± 15.3 years with extremes ranging from 22 to 64 years and a sex ratio of 1. The mean age of hemodialysis was 3 ± 2.0 years with a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 8 years. Diabetic glomerular nephropathy was the major cause of kidney disease (30%) (Figure 1). Our patients had anorexia in 63.3% and complained about nausea and vomiting in 20 and 53.3%, respectively.
More than half of the patients (56.7%) had an average daily energy intake <20 kcal/kg/d. We noted that 93.3% of our population had insufficient average daily protein ratio. The ratio of animal protein to vegetable protein is greater than 1 in 76.7% of the population.
Micronutrient spontaneous intakes are shown in Table 1. The frequency of undernutrition according to the different anthropometric parameters is shown in Figure 2.
|Vitamin B1 (mg/j)||0,6||0,3|
|Vitamin C (mg/j)||91,4||94,7|
|Vitamin B9 (µg/j)||151||92,8|
Table 1: Micronutrient intakes (minerals, trace elements and vitamins).
Hemoglobin averaged 9 ± 2.9 g/dl with extremes ranging from 8.1 to 14 g/dl. Mean CRP and cholesterol were 15.1 ± 6.3 mg/l and 0.9 ± 0.2 g/l, respectively. Albuminemia <35 g/l was present in 36.6% of our population. According to the NRI test, 60% of patients had a score <97.5 of which 16.7% with a score <83.5.
Subsequently, we have evaluated the spontaneous dietary intakes of food survey according to the following parameters: age, sex, BMI, CB, albuminemia and CRP. The difference was statistically significant only for age, albuminemia and NRI (Tables 2-4).
|Energy intake (kcal/d)||1366,8 ± 442,1||1653,9 ± 473,1||0,131|
|Energy ration (kcal/kg/d)||21,12 ± 6,7||25,9 ± 9,2||0,178|
|Protein ration (g/kg/d)||0,5 ± 0,2||0,9 ± 0,4||0,01|
|Protein intake (%)||10,8 ± 3,8||13,1 ± 2,8||0,231|
Table 2: Distribution of food survey data by age.
|Albuminemia (g/l)||< 30||[30- 35]||≥ 35||P|
|Energy intake (kcal/d)||1481,3 ± 684,9||1502,3 ± 423,1||1588,3 ± 240,5||0,912|
|Energy ration (kcal/kg/d)||20,7 ± 6||27 ± 6,4||27,9 ± 15||0,322|
|Protein ration (g/kg/d)||0,7 ± 0,3||0,8 ± 0,3||1 ± 0,3||0,014|
|Protein intake (%)||9,8 ± 3,5||12,3 ± 2,2||13,3 ± 3,2||0,101|
Table 3: Distribution of food survey data by albuminemia.
|NRI||<83,5||[83,5 - 97,5[||>97,5||P|
|Energy intake (kcal/d)||1443,6 ± 538||1470 ± 369,4||1771,8 ± 460,2||0,391|
|Energy ration (kcal/kg/j)||19,2 ± 5,4||23,3 ± 7,5||32,8 ± 14||0,015|
|Protein ration (g/kg/d)||0,7 ± 0,3||0,7 ± 0,3||0,9 ± 0,6||0,665|
|Protein intake (%)||10,5 ± 3,4||12,3 ± 2,9||13,7 ± 3||0,152|
Table 4: Distribution of food survey data by NRI.
According to the diagnostic method used , malnutrition, particularly protein-energy malnutrition, is reported in 20-50% of patients treated with hemodialysis. As in the general population, evaluation of nutritional status requires the simultaneous use of several clinical, biological and technical markers. There is no single marker that provides a complete and reliable assessment of nutritional status. Assessment of nutritional status in chronic hemodialysis is difficult due to changes in hydration status, protein and carbohydrate metabolism along with renal insufficiency .
Food surveys are essential tools in nutrition assessment. It is currently recommended to calculate the ingesta absorbed by the patient for 3 days, which includes one day of dialysis, one day of nondialysis and one day of weekend . This is what was done in our study. More than half of our patients had an average daily energy intake <20 kcal/kg/d. Similar results have been reported by other authors Sebban and Noel [11,12] with mean energy rations varying between 20 and 25 kcal/kg/d. As for the proteins, only 6.7% of our patients had satisfactory average daily protein rations. This is consistent with the multicenter study in Marrakech in 2012 by En-Nasria et al. , where chronic hemodialysis had an average protein intake of 0.9 ± 0.3 g/kg/day. Furthermore, we noted that the protein ration increases significantly (p=0.01) with age: it is higher in the age groups of 40- 65 years (0.8 ± 0.4 g/kg/day) compared to younger subjects (0.5 ± 0.2 g/kg/day). Dietary micronutrient evaluation revealed that most of population has insufficient intakes of calcium, iron, vitamins B1 and B9, indicating the need for drug supplementation. These results are similar to those of Cano .
In addition to the food survey, it is also interesting to evaluate the appetite of chronic hemodialysis. Anorexia was noted in 63.3% of our patients. According to a Mauritanian study carried out in 2016 by Lemrabott et al. , anorexia was found in 59.4% of cases.
The anthropometric parameters are also valid and useful for evaluating the measurement of protein and energy status in dialyses patients. In order to limit artifacts associated with changes in moisture state, measurements can be done at the end of the dialysis session . In our series, the frequency of malnutrition varies according to the parameter used: 13.3% had a weight loss of more than 10% in the last 6 months, 46.7% had a BMI <23 kg/m² and 40% had a BC <22 cm. These results were similar to those of Belarbi et al. , as well as Lemrabott et al. .
The biological analysis in our patients had revealed 36.6% of undernutrition taking into account an albuminemia <35 g/l, assayed by immunophlemetry. This is observed in most studies [13-15]. Moreover, the analytical study of our results noted that the mean protein ration decreases significantly (p=0.014) with the decrease in albuminemia. However, the later is influenced by inflammation, hydrosodic retention, proteinuria and hepatic disturbances. Prealbuminemia has a short half-life of 2 days and is indicative of recent nutritional intakes. It is a biological marker of choice for the monitoring of nutrition, requiring a weekly dosage . Currently, we do not have the dosage of pre-albuminemia within our hospitals.
Finally, the last criterion used for the nutritional evaluation of our chronic hemodialysis patients was NRI, which showed moderate undernutrition in 43.3% and severe malnutrition in 16.7%. Furthermore, we noted in our work that the mean energy ration increases significantly (p=0.015) with the NRI score. Kobayashi et al.  in 2010, found similar results to our results and also showed that NRI <90 in hemodialysis patients was predictive of mortality.
All of these clinico-biological measures used in our study revealed that the frequency of undernutrition varied according to the parameter. In fact, the International Society of Nutrition and Metabolism in Renal Diseases  classifies protein energy depletion criteria into four groups: plasma biology, anthropometry, muscle mass and nutritional intakes. The Society defines undernutrition if at least one criterion is present on 3 groups. In the study by Pasian et al. , for example, the rate of undernutrition was 69% in patients with chronic renal failure using the recommended criteria but without pre-albuminemia. In our work, it is not possible for the group criteria since there is a lack of an important measure which is the muscular mass. This emphasizes the importance of providing impedance metrics in nephrology services to better assess the nutritional status of patients with renal insufficiency.
Our work emphasizes the need for multidisciplinary management of chronic hemodialysis patients: nephrologist, nutritionist and dietician. The diagnosis of undernutrition integrates the combination of several criteria: anthropometry, body composition, plasma biology and ingesta. Only one isolated parameter does not allow diagnosis.
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