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Nutrition, longevity and behavior.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19836612     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nutrition offers the means to improve health and well-being and among the predictive factors of successful aging, nutrition appears as one of the major determinants. Whereas adequate nutrition plays a major role in a healthy lifestyle that maintains bodily and mental functioning, inadequate nutrition contributes to a loss of function and to the development and progression of disease. At the moment recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is established to cover the needs of populations of the healthy elderly. In the future special recommendations for subgroups of individuals are essential, taking into account individual health status and genetic factors. Nutrient guidelines for elderly are basically the same as for young adults, propagating a balanced varied nutrition that is rich in complex carbohydrate sources, fruits and vegetables providing fiber, antioxidant and functional nutrients, fish providing vitamin D and essential fatty acids, adequate water supply in view of their potentially impaired thirst perception and reduced renal functions. Finally a balanced diet is the best way to avoid deficiencies and maintain health. If in subgroups of the elderly population an adequate nutrition cannot be achieved, low dose dietary supplements and/or fortified foods and beverages can contribute to improve nutrient intake.
C Cannella; C Savina; L M Donini
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of gerontology and geriatrics     Volume:  49 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1872-6976     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Gerontol Geriatr     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-19     Completed Date:  2010-02-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214379     Medline TA:  Arch Gerontol Geriatr     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Physiopathology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology*
Longevity / physiology*
Nutrition Assessment*
Nutritional Status*

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