What role does nutrition play in COVID-19 recovery?

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Covid-19 patients suffer a deterioration of overall health and weight loss,  and while nutrition can be integrated into their treatment to aid recovery it is often overlooked. In this week’s podcast we talk to Dr Riccardo Caccialanza and Shane McAuliffe to explore the role nutrition can play in aiding COVID-19 recovery.

Is there any practical, clinical guidance that can be shared to help those who have been affected? What specific nutritional needs do those who are impacted by COVID have? We find out.

About our panel

Dr Riccardo Caccialanza, Head of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Unit at Policlinico San Matteo

Medical Doctor specialized in Clinical Nutrition. Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Unit of the Research Hospital Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia (Italy). Author of more than 100 scientific papers in the field of Clinical Nutrition. Contract Professor at the University of Pavia (Degree Course in Dietetics; Specialization Schools of Gastroenterology and Oncology).

Secretary of the Survivorship Care and Nutritional Support Working Group of Alleanza Contro il Cancro (ACC); past Secretary of the Italian Society of Artificial Nutrition and Metabolism (SINPE), current Representative of the Oncology area for SINPE. Teacher of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition ESPEN (Elsevier) and BMC Cancer (Springer Nature). Editorial Advisory Board Member of Nutrition (Elsevier), Supportive Care in Cancer (Springer Nature) and Nutrients (MDPI).

Shane McAuliffe MSc, RD, ANutr

Originally from Cork, Ireland, I hold a BSc in Nutritional Sciences from University College Cork. Further to this I am an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN). I have also completed an MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in the University of Chester, UK. I am a Registered Dietitian (RD) with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) in the UK and currently working clinically in the NHS, in Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, I am working with the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, where my primary role is as Science and Digital Communications Lead, BMJ Nutrition Prevention and Health Liaison and Deputy Co-Chair for our COVID19 Taskforce.

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