Enteral feeding refers to the delivery of the nutritionally complete food directly with the help of a tube directly into stomach or duodenum through mouth or nose and is used to overcome the problems related to eating orally and digestion. Malnutrition has become a common problem affecting upto 40% of the hospitalized patients and has been affecting the people recovery after surgery or illness and also increasing the incidence of severity of infection.
In the recent years, estimates indicate that up to 50% of patients with head and neck cancer present with malnutrition at the time of diagnosis for multiple reasons and many patients have decreased oral intake prior to treatment due to mouth or throat pain or difficulty swallowing. Enteral feeding formulas as per the disease state assists in getting nutritional food directly into the stomach or small intestine with the help of a tube which is also less likely to lead to infection and avoids malnutrition especially for cancer patients prior to diagnosis.
Standard enteral feeding formulas are most commonly used to provide the balanced nutrition as per their requirements. Moreover, disease specific formulas are those in which nutrient profiles are changed as per the specific disease state or immune enhancement. Developed economies accounted for major share in enteral feeding formula market owing to the rise in the number of cancer patients and increasing consumer awareness about these formulas have been extensively boosting the utilization of these formulas for immune enhancement of patients in well-established economies across the globe.
As per the National Cancer Institute releases, more than 60% of the global new cancer cases occur in Africa, Asia, Central & South America and close to 70% of the cancer deaths also from these regions where the need of the eternal feeding devices have been gaining the popularity from the recent past. In addition, Neurological disorders is an important cause of mortality and constitute 12% of total deaths globally among which cardiovascular holds a prominent share in the total neurological disorders which have been stimulating the utilization of enteral feeding formulas for the feeding of patients at hospitals and homes. Enteral feeding formulas market is projected to reach $12.58 billion by 2022, according to a recent report published by IndustryARC.
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