Implications of skeletal muscle loss for public health nutrition messages:a brief report

Levy, Louis B and Welch, Ailsa A (2015) Implications of skeletal muscle loss for public health nutrition messages:a brief report. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 74 (4). pp. 426-429. ISSN 0029-6651

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    Abstract

    Age-related skeletal muscle loss, sarcopenia, cachexia and wider malnutrition (under nutrition) are complex in aetiology with interaction of clinical, social and economic factors. Weight loss and loss of skeletal muscle mass in older people are associated with increased morbidity and mortality with implications for increasing health and social care costs. There is insufficient evidence to identify the ideal treatment options. However, preventing weight loss and loss of skeletal muscle in older age will be keys to reducing morbidity and mortality. This will require all those coming into contact with older people to identify and address weight loss early, including through diet, improving physical activity and increasing social interaction. Public health messages on diet should, in the main, continue to focus on older people achieving current UK dietary recommendations for their age as visually depicted in the eatwell plate together with associated messages regarding dietary supplements where appropriate.

    Item Type: Article
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 16:30
    Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 13:56
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/54124
    DOI: 10.1017/S0029665115002116

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