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Aging with Grace and Nutritional Adequacy

By Michael McBurney

As the adage goes, ‘getting old is better than the alternative’. With growing numbers of older adults hoping to live independently, and for more years, the Institute of Medicine published a workshop report Nutrition and Healthy Aging in the Community workshop. The report focuses on under-appreciated and under-studied aspects of community-based aging.

Like global warming, aging populations are a worldwide phenomenon. The world is becoming old. By 2015, there will be almost 70 million people over 60y of age in the US. Of these, over 6 million will be over 85y. By 2018, for the first time, the number of people over 65y of age should outnumber those under 5 years of age.

Sarcopenia, a decline in lean body mass and function, will be a common problem among older adults. Partially because meal stimulated increases in muscle protein synthesis are lower in older adults (vs younger). Low vitamin D status is also associated with reduced muscle strength and increased risk of falls and fractures. People need to be strong enough to be mobile to live in their community. According toDr Gordon Jensen, President of the American Society for Nutrition, there are 5 predictors of homebound status:

  • Being 75y and older
  • Having a BMI over 35
  • Poor appetite
  • Having an income less than $6000
  • The 6 Basic Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

Of these, the 6 ADL - eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring and continence – have a 5-10 fold higher odds ratio. Nutrition is an important part of keeping healthy. As reported by Dr Katherine Tucker,many men and women over 60y of age have inadequate intakes of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, folate, and zinc.

Don’t be a nutrition statistic. Eat well. Exercise regularly. Consider a multivitamin supplement. -mm-

This entry was posted on Mon Jul 22 18:57:00 CEST 2013 and filed under General nutrition , Men's health ,Nutrient intakes and Women's health. You can follow any responses to this entry through the Atom feed. You canleave a response, or trackback from your own site.