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NUTITION MAY HELP IN REDUCING DEATHS AMONG HOSPITALIZED OLDER ADULTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Nutrition and it’s improvement in older adults who must be hospitalized turns out to be a very important factor in reducing their risk of death in the hospital, a recent study found.  Michele Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says this one factor among many examined had the most impact.

BELLANTONI:  Nutrition was singled out as being a very important reducer of mortality.  We don’t think of an acute hospitalization as a time to be thinking about what someone’s eating and drinking but yet that made a big impact.  And what this study suggests to me is that those older adults who require acute hospitalization may well be because underlying is their ability to maintain their nutrition in the home environment, perhaps because their medical conditions are very active, but if there’s another factor such as ability to get adequate nutrition something we certainly could do better.  :31

Clearly adequate nutrition is a simple intervention that could improve health and quality of life dramatically for older adults.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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