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The Role of Micronutrients in Ageing Asia: What Can Be Implemented with the Existing Insights

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DSM Nutritional Products, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan
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Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), Department of Oral Microbial Ecology, 1081 LA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Nutrition Society of Malaysia, Petaling Jaya 46150, Selangor, Malaysia
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Department of Medical Management and Informatics, Hokkaido Information University, Hokkaido 069-8585, Japan
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Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University at Salaya, Nakhorn Pathom 73170, Thailand
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DSM Nutritional Products, CH-4303 Kaiseraugst, Switzerland
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Department of Internal Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen, 9713 GZ Groningen, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: Mayte Blay and Stefanos Tyrovolas
Nutrients 2021, 13(7), 2222; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13072222
Received: 13 May 2021 / Revised: 15 June 2021 / Accepted: 23 June 2021 / Published: 29 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Nutritional Epidemiology)
Life expectancy as a measure of population health does not reflect years of healthy life. The average life expectancy in the Asia-Pacific region has more than doubled since 1900 and is now above 70 years. In the Asia-Pacific region, the proportion of aged people in the population is expected to double between 2017 and 2050. Increased life expectancy leads to an increase in non-communicable diseases, which consequently affects quality of life. Suboptimal nutritional status is a contributing factor to the prevalence and severity of non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular, cognitive, musculoskeletal, immune, metabolic and ophthalmological functions. We have reviewed the published literature on nutrition and healthy ageing as it applies to the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on vitamins, minerals/trace elements and omega-3 fatty acids. Optimal nutritional status needs to start before a senior age is reached and before the consequences of the disease process are irreversible. Based on the nutritional status and health issues in the senior age in the region, micronutrients of particular importance are vitamins A, D, E, C, B-12, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. The present paper substantiates the creation of micronutrient guidelines and proposes actions to support the achievement of optimal nutritional status as contribution to healthy ageing for Asia-Pacific populations. View Full-Text
Keywords: micronutrient; DALY; vitamins; LC-PUFA; carotenoid; nutritional status micronutrient; DALY; vitamins; LC-PUFA; carotenoid; nutritional status
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Inui, T.; Hanley, B.; Tee, E.S.; Nishihira, J.; Tontisirin, K.; Van Dael, P.; Eggersdorfer, M. The Role of Micronutrients in Ageing Asia: What Can Be Implemented with the Existing Insights. Nutrients 2021, 13, 2222. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13072222

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Inui T, Hanley B, Tee ES, Nishihira J, Tontisirin K, Van Dael P, Eggersdorfer M. The Role of Micronutrients in Ageing Asia: What Can Be Implemented with the Existing Insights. Nutrients. 2021; 13(7):2222. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13072222

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Inui, Taichi, Bryan Hanley, E S. Tee, Jun Nishihira, Kraisid Tontisirin, Peter Van Dael, and Manfred Eggersdorfer. 2021. "The Role of Micronutrients in Ageing Asia: What Can Be Implemented with the Existing Insights" Nutrients 13, no. 7: 2222. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13072222

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