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Hosnia Mohamed Ragab Attia, Yasmin Husseiny Hassan Hussein, Shaimaa Muhammed Muhammed Abdelhay
» doi: 10.53555/ecb/2023.12.12.326


Background: Malnutrition in older adults has been recognized as a challenging health concern associated with not only increased mortality and morbidity, but also with physical decline, which has wide ranging acute implications for activities of daily living and quality of life in general. Malnutrition is common and may also contribute to the development of the geriatric syndromes in older adults. This review summarizes the current state of evidence on the complex aetiology of malnutrition in old adults, considering both effects of ageing processes and disease-related factors. Also remaining challenges in the identification and treatment of malnutrition in the old are outlined. Summary: As age is one main risk factor for the development of chronic disease, older persons are particularly susceptible to disease-related weight loss, loss of muscle mass and strength (i.e., sarcopenia) and ultimately, the frailty syndrome, all of which can fundamentally impact recovery from disease and clinical outcome in general The treatment of malnutrition requires early identification and multimodal intervention, in hospitalized patients as well as community dwelling older adults. However, treatment modality still poses a challenge for nutritional therapy with yet open questions.

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