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The nutritional pattern of frailty - Proceedings from the 5th Italian Congress of Endocrinology of Aging, Parma, Italy, 27-28 March 2009.
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PMID:  19909201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Frailty has become one of the 'hot spots' in geriatric research. Frailty has multifactorial origin, and is regarded as a fundamental risk factor for deteriorating health status and disability in elderly people and is highly prevalent in the population above the age 65. It is estimates that prevalence rates up to 27% and pre-frailty rates up to 50% qualify for the term "epidemic". Although the role of nutritional deficiency in the development of age-related frailty was suggested long ago, research conducted in this area is relatively recent. The critical role of micronutrients in this context suggests the need to improve the quality of food eaten by elderly people whereas quantity of food appears to be less relevant. This review summarizes the recent literature on the nutritional pathways to frailty with particular focus on the effect of energy, protein and micronutrients.
M J Kaiser; S Bandinelli; B Lunenfeld
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The aging male : the official journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1473-0790     ISO Abbreviation:  Aging Male     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-13     Completed Date:  2010-01-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808210     Medline TA:  Aging Male     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  87-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Biomedicine of Aging, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, 90419 Nuremberg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology
Antioxidants / metabolism
Congresses as Topic
Frail Elderly
Geriatric Assessment*
Malnutrition / prevention & control*
Micronutrients / metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antioxidants; 0/Micronutrients

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