New Delhi: Malnutrition in elderly people is quite common. While malnutrition can occur at any age, elderly people aged 65 and above are particularly prone to it. The latest study tries to explore the reason behind the same. Malnutrition is a condition where people have a drastically reduced dietary intake and the body lacks energy and nutrients as a result.
The consequences of malnutrition are manifold. They range from weight loss to a weakened immune system or functional impairment of muscles and all organs. The body falls back on all its reserves.
A team of researchers, set out to explore which of a total of 23 variables- ranging from aspects such as difficulties with chewing and swallowing or cognitive impairments to loneliness and depression or moving into a care home- were decisive for malnutrition.
The findings appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.