Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Nutritious Diet Could Help Treat TBI

Patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury should be given an infusion of protein and vitamins as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. This nutrition therapy should be given within 24 hours of the injury, to accelerate the recovery process. That information comes from a new study by the Institute of Medicine, which was commissioned by the U.S. military to look into emergency treatment for TBI.

The U.S. military specifically asked the Institute of Medicine look at literature that linked nutritious diet to treatment of brain injury. The panel looked at several studies into the use of nutrition to treat brain injury. None of the studies were more than 20 years old. The panel ultimately concluded that infusions of calories and proteins should begin within 24 hours after a traumatic brain injury, and extended over a period of two weeks after the injury, to help treat the injury. Specifically, this combination of calories and protein helps to reduce inflammation in the brain after the injury.

According to the researchers, the right diet can minimize the effects of head injury, and reduce the risk of fatality in patients with critical brain injury, by as much as 25% to 50%. Several nutrients including choline, creatine and omega-three fatty acids have been found to be very beneficial in helping minimize the impact of the injury.

The Institute of Medicine has been so impressed with the results, that it has asked the military to probe the role of nutrition and diet in minimizing the risk of a traumatic brain injury. The diet of service members should be analyzed, to assess the types of nutrients they are receiving and determine whether a high calorie diet helps the service members resist a brain injury better.

Although the study was done for the military, California brain injury lawyers will find that any results will have an impact on the treatment of brain injury in the civilian population too. For the more than 1.5 million patients who are rushed to emergency rooms after a brain injury every year, these results could mean an emergency treatment that restricts the extent of the damage.

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