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Hypermetabolism, is it real? The example of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

The energy needs of patients are a crucial and core aspect of dietetic practice and still a debated matter. The study of Ellis and Rosenfeld (1) in this issue of the Journal provides the first study on resting energy expenditure (REE) in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients with patients categorized for three levels of respiratory function. This study shows that existing and frequently used REE equations are applicable in ALS patients, even in ventilated patients. This is a surprising finding, because several other publications have suggested hypermetabolism as well as hypometabolism for ALS patients.


Weijs, P. J. M. 'Hypermetabolism, is it real? The example of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis'. In: J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Nov;111(11):1670-3.

Gepubliceerd door  Kenniscentrum Bewegen, Sport en Voeding 1 november 2011


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