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J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2001 Oct;56 Spec No 2:54-64.

Nutrition and quality of life in older adults.

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Frances Stern Nutrition Center, New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA.


Good nutrition promotes health-related quality of life (HRQOL) by averting malnutrition, preventing dietary deficiency disease and promoting optimal functioning. However, definitions of quality of life also encompass life satisfaction and both physical and mental well-being. Nutrition and diet have not been a part of mainstream research on quality of life and are not included among key quality of life domains. This article explores connections between diet and nutritional status in relation to HRQOL measures and overall well-being among older adults.

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