Special Issue "Nutrition for Prevention and Control of Chronic Degenerative Diseases and COVID-19"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutritional Epidemiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Laura Di Renzo
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Guest Editor
Section of Clinical Nutrition and Nutrigenomic, Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Interests: nutritional genomic (nutrigenetic and nutrigenomic); human body composition; metabolism; personalized nutritional assessment; food chemistry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Chronic degenerative diseases (CDDs), represented by non-infectious diseases, of long duration and slow progression, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and cancer, have been up to now the most frequent causes of prolonged disability and death worldwide.

Worldwide, patients with one or more CDD represent over 30% of the population, and 70% of public health resources are destined for these diseases. In the meantime, infectious diseases caused by emerging pathogens, such as SARS-Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), represent a real and current threat at global level.

In this particular moment, it is not possible to deny the relationship between CCDs and viral infection susceptibility. Following COVID-19, recent publications show that the most serious clinical conditions in COVID-19 have been observed in people with obesity and metabolic dysfunction as well as in protein-energetic malnourishment and micronutrient deficiencies.  

In the light of all the sanitary expenditures that each continent deals with, it would be fundamental to formulate a multidisciplinary strategy to fight the depletion of the individual health status and the predisposition to viral infection and other exogenous risk factors. A nutritional strategy is thus urgently needed to prevent and control CDDs and COVID-19.

I invite authors to submit original research and review articles that address the progress and current understanding on the role of personalized healthy and sustainable diet in CDD and COVID-19.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Role of healthy diet in chronic noncommunicable disease and COVID-19;
  • Food sustainability and COVID-19;
  • Personalized nutrition and COVID-19;
  • Immunonutrition and COVID-19;
  • Role of prebiotics and probiotics on gut microbiota and COVID-19;
  • Effects of bioactive molecules.

Prof. Dr. Laura Di Renzo
Guest Editor

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  • COVID-19
  • Chronic degenerative diseases
  • Immunonutrition
  • Vitamin and minerals
  • Probiotic and prebiotic
  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound
  • Nutriegentic and nutrigenomic
  • Obesity
  • Nutraceuticals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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