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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 32-38

Assessment of nutritional status of patients suffering from appendicitis in Gilgit city, Pakistan

1 Institute of Food and Nutrition, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan
2 Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency (GB-EPA) Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
3 China National Rice research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences, Beijing, China

Correspondence Address:
Zubair Hussain
Institute of Food and Nutrition, University of Sargodha, Sargodha
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Appendicitis is the inflammation of appendix which is present at the first part of large intestine. The aim of the study was to assess the nutritional health status and correlation of appendicitis with diet. Previous studies investigate that most of the patients suffered from appendicitis were young adults among them females are more prone to this disease. It was also explored that less consumption of fiber were the main cause of prevalence of appendicitis. Accuracy were accessed after making two groups normal volunteers and appendicitis victims. Normal volunteers were randomly selected from schools and family members while appendicitis victims were selected from four different hospitals located in Gilgit city (District Head Quarter Hospital, Seehat Foundation, Aga Khan Health Hospital and City Hospital) Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. Stratified sample of 100 adults, aged 16-50 years. It was observed that females (67.4%) were more prone to appendicitis as compare to male (36.8%). More than (55.2%) young adults between the ages of 18-30 years were suffering from appendicitis as compared to other life stage groups. All the appendicitis suffered volunteers had less servings of fruits and vegetables while the servings of fast/junk food was much higher given in Food Guide Pyramid as recommended by WHO. The finding of present study reveals that nutritional health status is also the leading factor responsible for appendicitis in Gilgit city of Pakistan.

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