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ONS should be used whenever possible to meet patients’ needs, when dietary counseling and food fortification are not sufficient to increase dietary intake and reach nutritional goals
Malnourished older adults need more protein than healthy older adults.‡2
Older adults, especially those hospitalised, have high protein requirements as they can experience accelerated muscle loss that increases the risk of complications and death.3,4
However, only 15% of oral nutritional supplements (ONS) sold in the UK are high in protein.§5
The only high-protein ONS that contains additional vitamin D and calcium HMB |¶
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*ESPEN: European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.
†ONS: Oral nutritional supplements.
‡ESPEN 2018 guidelines recommend a higher protein intake (>1.0 g/kg/day) for older adults, particularly in those at risk of malnutrition, compared to 0.8 g/kg/day for adults of all ages.2
§IQVIA wholesaler sales into UK community pharmacies, 2019 units; ESPEN Guidelines on Enteral Nutrition definition of high protein formulae (9 Feb 2006).
|HMB: HMB: β-hydroxy-β-methyl butyrate.
¶In the UK.
#62% of people preferred two 125 ml servings per day vs two 200 ml or one 220 ml serving a day (n=58).6
**Independent research of 25 adults who were asked to drink 2 bottles of Ensure Compact a day for 7 days. Only 3 out of 350 Ensure Compact bottles were not consumed.7
††Per serving the market leader contains 7.8 g protein and 300 jcal in a 200 ml bottle.
$$Based on IQVIA retail sales analysis data, units, MAT July 2021, across all juice stlye oral nutritional supplement products.
References: 1. Barazzoni R et al. Clin Nutr 2020: DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2020.03.022. 2. Volkert D et al. Clin Nutr 2019;38(1):10–47. 3. Deutz NEP et al. Clin Nutr 2014;33(6):929–936. 4. Demling R H. Eplasty 2009;9:e9. 5. Data on file. IQVIA, 2019 (Wholesale data audit, units, MAT). 6. Data on File. Abbott Laboratories Ltd., 2018 (ONS Preference Data). 7. Data on File. Abbott Laboratories Ltd., 2013 (Ensure Compact Compliance Research).