25 May 2009

Malnutrition risk at home

Up to 1 in 6 older people living at home face malnutrition risk
EurekAlert: 7 May 2009
Overall risk is higher for women and depression increases risk for men

As many as one in six people who took part in a study of older people who live at home were under-nourished and at risk of malnutrition, according to the May issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Researchers at Linkoping University, Sweden, found an overall malnutrition risk of 14.5 per cent when they studied 579 older people aged 75 and 80 as part of an ongoing study.

Fifty-two per cent of the people who took part in the study were male.
They found that women faced a higher overall risk and that men were more likely to be at risk if they were depressed…. > full story

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