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Elderly Risk Malnutrition By Not Eating Properly: Survey

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Elderly Risk Malnutrition By Not Eating Properly: Survey

The elderly risk malnutrition by not eating properly, a Hawke's Bay District Health Board study says.

The study showed 57 percent of over-65s in the region were not eating properly which could lead to a loss of independence or a hospital stay.

It was estimated that a third of the 7,518 people studied, a third would be high-risk. Those at highest risk were those living alone or Maori elderly.

Some elderly did not believe they needed to eat as much as younger people, could not cook or thought it was normal to lose weight with age, the study found.

It said there were three steps to becoming obviously malnourished, starting with having risk factors such as being on a low income and living alone, to having a restricted diet, to "sub-clinical malnutrition", at which point the condition started affecting health.


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