A Study Shows That Weight Loss Is Linked To Higher Risk Of Death For People Diagnosed With ALS

by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-07-03

Weight loss is linked to a higher risk of death. Read on to know the complete details.

Severe Weight Loss Linked to Higher Risk of Death in Study of Patients

According to a study created by looking at more than 2400 patients, weight loss at the time of diagnosis is directly linked to a higher risk of death. It appears common among people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The study shows, the higher the percentage of weight loss a patient will have the higher the risk of death will be there. It indicates a bodyweight is an important factor in survival. A sudden weight loss is required to be tailored to the individual.

The population-based study on “Prognostic Value of weight loss in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: is published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.”

As per the study, weight loss is the key clinical feature of ALS according to an estimation of 56%-62% patients. Many other studies have reported prognosis in that patient who drops their weight quickly or has a low body mass index (BMI) at the time they are diagnosed.

To investigate the direct relationship between BMI and weight loss in ALS, a large population data of the patients recorded at The Netherland ALS Center were taken.

The research was performed on the total date of 2,420 people infected with ALS between 2010 and 2018. Statistical analysis was used to investigate the relationship between weight loss and the patient’s risk of death during their treatment.

The study of eight years of data showed, 75% of people died. Which means 1836 died out of 2420 people. And around 67.5% of people also reported weight loss at the same time. And 11.0% was an average weight loss patient had at the time of their diagnosis by following with bulbar-onset (6.9%) and spinal-onset (5.5%).

In simple words, this study population-based study shows that two-thirds of the patients with ALS have WL at diagnosis.

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