Clinical nutrition is necessary for patients who are facing nutritional deficiency or unable to consume food due to enhanced disease condition which can lead to lower quality of life, risk of complication, increased risk of mortality and lengthening of recovery period. Clinical nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining nutritional imbalance for malnourished patients who have higher risk of complications because of lack of nutrition.
Clinical nutrition aids in improving absorption, metabolism, digestion and discharge functions by providing essential nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and proteins. These products are vital for patients with a high degree of malnourishment, patients in intensive care units, patients recovering from trauma or surgery and patients suffering from chronic diseases. It has been found that treating disease related malnutrition with clinical nutrition therapies can reduce mortality.
Major drivers for clinical nutrition market are shift towards home care, increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, rising aged population and increasing number of premature births. Sustained support from government agencies and investments made by manufacturers are also supporting the market growth. Clinical nutrition therapies at home have become possible due to technological innovation. The need to make up with the safety and quality standards of nutritional therapies is acting as a restrain for the market.
The global clinical nutrition market is segmented on the basis of product type into oral nutrition, enteral nutrition and parenteral nutrition. Based on therapeutic areas the market is bifurcated into malabsorption, diarrhoea, cancer, food allergies, maldigestion, diabetes, short-bowel syndrome, acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress. Based on ingredients the market is divided into vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and amino acids. Enteral nutrition is the product type segment with highest share in the market.
Based on geography the market is analysed under various regions namely, North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Middle-East & Africa. Asia Pacific was the largest market for clinical nutrition in 2016, followed by Europe and North America. Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at highest CAGR due to increasing demand from developing countries like China and India.
Some of the key participants in clinical nutrition products market include Nestle Nutrition, Abbott Laboratories Inc., Gentiva Health Services Inc., Mead Johnson & Company, Kendall, Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Hospira Inc., Hero Nutritionals Inc., Lonza Ltd, Baxter International Inc., B. Braun Melsungen AG, H. J. Heinz Company, American Home Patient Inc., and Fresenius Kabi among others.
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