Survey of Indian students in IFNMU. The nutritional status of medical students

  • I. M. Gayova Department of Propedeutics of Internal Medicine, Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University, Ivano-Frankivsk
Keywords: diet, favorite meal, complaints of gastrointestinal tract (GIT) disorders, previous chronic GI diseases, restaurants and cafés, junk food


The survey of 56 Indian students being in 2nd - 6th year of study was made.

The objective of the research was to estimate the nutritional status of medical students. Traditional Indian cuisine is full of an array of hot spices. Different climate in our countries causes different water intake regimes. The students may not always develop healthy eating habits.

Conclusions. 35 (62.5%) students consumed a lot of spicy foods. Spicy food was considered to be the main cause of gastrointestinal disorders in 16 (28.57%) students, 17 (30.36 %) students suffered from heartburn, 6 (10.71 %) students developed an epigastric pain, regurgitation of gastric contents was detected in 3 (5.36 %) students, and 4 (7.14 %) students were diagnosed with late epigastric pain.  Dull pain and heaviness in the upper abdomen were registered in 3 (5.36) students, flatulence was detected in 9 (16.07%) students, and 9 (16.07 %) students had chronic gastrointestinal diseases in the past. 


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