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Aging, Nutritional Status and Health

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Human Nutrition, School of Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G31 2ER, UK
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Samir Samman and Ian Darnton-Hill
Healthcare 2015, 3(3), 648-658;
Received: 30 March 2015 / Revised: 7 July 2015 / Accepted: 23 July 2015 / Published: 30 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Close Relationship: Health and Nutrition)
The older population is increasing worldwide and in many countries older people will outnumber younger people in the near future. This projected growth in the older population has the potential to place significant burdens on healthcare and support services. Meeting the diet and nutrition needs of older people is therefore crucial for the maintenance of health, functional independence and quality of life. While many older adults remain healthy and eat well those in poorer health may experience difficulties in meeting their nutritional needs. Malnutrition, encompassing both under and over nutrition increases health risks in the older population. More recently the increase in obesity, and in turn the incidence of chronic disease in older adults, now justifies weight management interventions in obese older adults. This growing population group is becoming increasingly diverse in their nutritional requirements. Micro-nutrient status may fluctuate and shortfalls in vitamin D, iron and a number of other nutrients are relatively common and can impact on well-being and quality of life. Aging presents a number of challenges for the maintenance of good nutritional health in older adults. View Full-Text
Keywords: under nutrition; older adults; obesity; nutritional screening and intervention under nutrition; older adults; obesity; nutritional screening and intervention
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