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Table 2 Group composition and characteristics of patients with and without dietary supplement intake/weight loss

From: Weight loss, dysphagia and supplement intake in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): impact on quality of life and therapeutic options

  Number of patients Gender Mean age (years) Mean disease duration (months) Mean ALSFRS_R total Mean ALSFRS_R bulbar Percentage of bulbar onset patients (%)
total 121 81 male 40 female 59.74 41.4 29.29 8.66 11.6
with supplement intake 67* 49 male 18 female 56.63 36.7 31.11 9.4 6.0
without supplement intake 50* 30 male 20 female 63.56 45.8 26.92 7.83 14.0
weight loss 68 47 male 21 female 61.0 30 27.5 7.67 14.7
weight loss with dysphagia 42 29 male 13 female 60.67 29 22.9 5.56 21.4
weight loss without dysphagia 26 18 male 8 female 61.54 31.8 30.52 11.12 3.8
no weight loss 53 34 male 19 female 58,11 54.5** 33.82 9.94 7.5
  1. * Four patients did not make any statement regarding supplement intake.
  2. ** Disease duration significant different from the groups “weight loss” and “weight loss with dysphagia”.