What is Cachexia Syndrome?
Cachexia Syndrome is the unintentional excessive weight and muscle loss. The condition is a symptom or side effect of chronic conditions, such as cancer, type 1 diabetes, HIV, Crohn’s and Multiple Sclerosis to mention a few. The prevalence of malnutrition in cancer patients ranges from 30% to 80%. Cachexia is a multifactorial syndrome characterized by an ongoing loss of lean body mass (LBM) with negative protein and energy balance driven by reduced food intake combined with an abnormal metabolism and systemic inflammation.
The most clinically significant feature of cancer cachexia is muscle loss (sarcopenia), as this relates to fatigue, impaired physical function, reduced tolerance to treatments, impaired quality of life and reduced survival. Sarcopenia is present in 20%–70% of patients depending on the type of cancer.
Heavenly Hash Creamery (HHC Protein Ice Cream) was created to battle some of the effects caused by disease.
Our founder Susan Scherer, RN, BSN, OCN (oncology nurse), saw patients who were undergoing treatment, struggle to get enough nutrition from products offered in the market because they just didn’t taste good. Patients didn’t want to consume them. Therefore, their health was compromised by the lack of nutrition.
Malnutrition and cachexia-related weight loss in cancer patients is thought to be caused by a combination of factors under-nutrition, inflammation, and cancer-induced catabolism. Cancer patients experience a range of nutritional problems due to metabolic changes and insufficient nutrient intake caused by poor appetite, early satiety, taste and smell alterations and/or swallowing problems (dysphagia). Pain, fatigue and psychological problems can also indirectly influence nutritional intake.
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