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Nutr Hosp. 2011 Mar-Apr;26(2):345-54. doi: 10.1590/S0212-16112011000200016.

[Study of the nutritional status of elders in Cantabria].

[Article in Spanish]

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Unidad de Nutrición y Dietética, Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Santander, España. mjimenezs39@enfermundi.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Population ageing is a main concern under the biosanitary point of view.

AIM:

To assess the nutritional status of people 65 year-old and older in Cantabria (Spain)

METHOD:

A total of 1605 persons were studied by means of the MNA (Mini Nutritional Assessment); a) by primary care (59.9% in the unit, and 4.7% at home) and, b) in nursing homes (35.4%).

RESULTS:

Nutritional score (NS) was 23.4 ± 4.1 for women and 24.4 ± 4 in males (p < 0.001). We emphasize the fact that 22.3% of people studied in the nursing homes were malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, compared with 14.2% of those studied at the unit, and only 3.3% of the home visited elders. The correlation between the value of the NS and the subjective estimation of nutrition status showed a high value (0.65). We emphasize the negative correlation (-0.53) between BNI value and the incidence of skin lesions.

CONCLUSION:

Our results highlight the importance of identifying malnutrition or its risk in elders in order to prevent the negative consequences of this deficiency.

PMID:
21666973
DOI:
10.1590/S0212-16112011000200016
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