Weird Skin Stuff

July 2009


Weight loss and malnutrition in the elderly

The shared role of GPs and APDs

Volume 38, No.7, July 2009 Pages 507-510

Gemma Sampson

This article forms part of a series looking at the relationship between diet and good health, and the role of the dietician in the primary health care team. This review highlights some of the physical, social and medical factors that can indicate compromised nutritional status in the elderly, the screening tools available to detect malnutrition, and when to involve a dietician.

Malnutrition is broadly defined as a nutritional deficit (undernutrition), excess (overnutrition) or imbalance.1,2 Malnutrition and unintentional weight loss are issues frequently underestimated in older people that can be limited, managed and controlled by timely nutrition intervention.

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