Nutritional issues for older adults: addressing degenerative ageing with long-term studies

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Abstract

The ageing process is influenced by a variety of factors, including extrinsic, malleable lifestyle variables. The present paper deals with the epidemiological evidence for the role of dietary patterns and key nutritional concerns in relation to survival and ageing-related disorders that present themselves in later life. Healthful dietary patterns appear to be most relevant in old age. Specific nutritional concerns are related to vitamin D, vitamin B12 and protein malnutrition. An important challenge to further expand the knowledge base is currently addressed by the NuAge project, acknowledging the complexity of the ageing process and integrating different dimensions of research into human healthy ageing. In the meantime, reversing poor adherence to existing guidelines for a healthy diet remains a first challenge in public health nutritional practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
JournalProceedings of the Nutrition Society
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventThe Nutrition Society Irish Section Meeting, the University College Cork, Cork. 16–19 June 2015. - University College Cork, Cork, UK, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Jun 201519 Jun 2015

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