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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(7), 2584-2592; doi:10.3390/ijerph8072584

Anthropometric Characteristics of Hospitalised Elderly Women: A Case-Control Study

Ecole de Nutrition, 51 A Maillet, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB, E1A 3E9, Canada
INSERM, U669, IFR25-IFRH, Maison de Solenn, 97 Boulevard de Port Royal, F-75679 Paris cedex 14, France
Université Paris Descartes, UMR-S0669, rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, 75270 Paris, France
Centre de Nutrition Humaine, Université Henri Poincaré-Nancy 1, rue Lionnois, F-54000 Nancy, France
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Received: 21 March 2011 / Revised: 14 June 2011 / Accepted: 15 June 2011 / Published: 24 June 2011
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This study assessed the anthropometric status of 451 hospitalised female patients aged 70 or over, at their admission to hospital, in reference to 77 healthy women of the same age. The most frequent diseases were circulatory diseases (40.8%), mental disorders (29.9%), respiratory diseases (12.4%), endocrine and metabolic diseases (11.5%), osteomuscular diseases (8.4%), and traumatisms (6.9%). The differences were significantly high for mid-arm circumference (MAC), triceps skinfold thickness (TSF), weight, weight/height, and body mass index (BMI). The patients with cancers, blood diseases, mental disorders, respiratory disease, digestive diseases, or traumatisms had the lowest values. All the indicators correlated in a similarly negative way with age. The decreased TSF was more pronounced among subjects with respiratory diseases. Measurement of anthropometric indicators, TSF in particular, should be part of preventive measures aimed at reducing malnutrition and its consequences in a hospital setting. View Full-Text
Keywords: anthropometric indicators; malnutrition; diseases; elderly; women anthropometric indicators; malnutrition; diseases; elderly; women
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Belbraouet, S.; Chau, N.; Tebi, A.; Debry, G. Anthropometric Characteristics of Hospitalised Elderly Women: A Case-Control Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 2584-2592.

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