Malnutrition may increase risk of falls in the elderly

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2013, 56 (1), p. 265-269

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Date of publication: January-February 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Elderly people with long term conditions frequently fall, causing further health consequences. This study was designed to explore the relationship between malnutrition, activity and fall in Dutch residents of a long term care facility, and to test whether nutritional supplements affected the relationship. It found that malnourished residents were more likely to fall and tended to be more inactive than non-malnourished residents. It also found that malnourished residents who received nutritional intervention had a lower risk of falls.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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