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Nutrients 2015, 7(12), 10491-10500; doi:10.3390/nu7125547

Nutrient Status Assessment in Individuals and Populations for Healthy Aging—Statement from an Expert Workshop

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Nutrition Science & Advocacy, DSM Nutritional Products Ltd., Wurmisweg 576, Kaiseraugst 4303, Switzerland
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NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Universiteitssingel 40, Maastricht 6229 ER, The Netherlands
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Human Nutrition Research Centre, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Campus for Aging and Vitality, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5PL, UK
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Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, Bomenweg 4, Wageningen 6703 HD, The Netherlands
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University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Hanzeplein 1, Groningen 9700 RB, The Netherlands
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University Hohenheim, Schloß Hohenheim 1, Stuttgart 70599, Germany
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 6 December 2015 / Accepted: 10 December 2015 / Published: 16 December 2015
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Abstract

A workshop organized by the University Medical Center Groningen addressed various current issues regarding nutrient status of individuals and populations, tools and strategies for its assessment, and opportunities to intervene. The importance of nutrient deficiencies and information on nutrient status for health has been illustrated, in particular for elderly and specific patient groups. The nutrient profile of individuals can be connected to phenotypes, like hypertension or obesity, as well as to socio-economic data. This approach provides information on the relationship between nutrition (nutrient intake and status) and health outcomes and, for instance, allows us to use the findings to communicate and advocate a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition is complex: a broader profile of nutrients should be considered rather than focusing solely on a single nutrient. Evaluating food patterns instead of intake of individual nutrients provides better insight into relationships between nutrition and health and disease. This approach would allow us to provide feedback to individuals about their status and ways to improve their nutritional habits. In addition, it would provide tools for scientists and health authorities to update and develop public health recommendations. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrient; status; aging; patients nutrient; status; aging; patients
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Péter, S.; Saris, W.H.M.; Mathers, J.C.; Feskens, E.; Schols, A.; Navis, G.; Kuipers, F.; Weber, P.; Eggersdorfer, M. Nutrient Status Assessment in Individuals and Populations for Healthy Aging—Statement from an Expert Workshop. Nutrients 2015, 7, 10491-10500.

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