Special Issue "Nutrition Status and Body Composition in Hospitalized and Institutionalized Elderly Patients"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Mariangela Rondanelli
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Guest Editor
Department of Public Health, Experimental and Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, Endocrinology and Nutrition Unit, University of Pavia, Pavia 27100, Italy
Interests: nutrition status; body composition; elderly; Dxa; malnutrition; fat-free mass; nursing Home

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is a high number of older adults with a risk of malnutrition at the time of hospitalization (for any reason) and in the institutionalized geriatric population. The literature has demonstrated that in more than 10,000 elderly persons, the mean prevalence of malnutrition is 1% in community-healthy elderly persons, 4% in outpatients receiving home care, 5% in patients with Alzheimer's disease living at home, 20% in hospitalized patients, and 37% in institutionalized elderly persons. Among others, the related factors are weight loss, in particular fat-free mass loss, inherent to age, which favors frailty and sarcopenia, low body mass index (BMI), and the worsening of chronic diseases, which entails a deterioration in the quality of life. These data indicate that in elderly subjects, it is mandatory to evaluate the nutrition status and body composition at the time when the subject enters the hospital or in a nursing home in order to improve the state of nutrition with an adequate diet, together with food that is fit for the purpose and oral supplements. Monitoring the nutritional status of hospitalized or institutionalized elderly subjects is also mandatory.

In this Special Issue of Nutrients, we would like to bring together papers dealing with the topic of “Nutrition Status and Body Composition in Hospitalized and Institutionalized Elderly Patients”.

We welcome different types of manuscript submissions, including original research articles and up-to-date reviews (narrative or systematic reviews and meta-analyses) and commentaries.

Potential topics may include but are not limited to the prevalence and causes of malnutrition and related diseases (subclinical nutrient deficiency, sarcopenia) in hospitalized or institutionalized elderly, correlation with age-related diseases (in particular, chronic neurological disease), and nutritional interventions aimed at improving nutrition.

We are looking forward to receiving your contribution.

Prof. Dr. Mariangela  Rondanelli
Guest Editor

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  • Nutrition status
  • Body composition
  • Elderly
  • Dxa
  • Malnutrition
  • Fat-free mass
  • Nursing home

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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