Bonn - A high proportion of old people are malnourished. The (DGG) pointed this out yesterday in Bonn. According to study by the University of Cologne, more than 80 percent of old patients who come to clinic are either acutely malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, said the future DGG President Ralf-Joachim Schulz at an international congress of aging researchers and doctors in the federal city. Only 17.7 percent of the average 80-year-old patients are well-nourished, 58.7 percent have clear risk of malnutrition, and 23.6 percent are acutely malnourished.
Schulz called for high-risk patients after the Admission to hospital, simple survey procedure that records, for example, weight and eating habits. For this purpose, nutrition plan must be created.
The geriatrician emphasized that the nutritional status has significant impact on recovery and that Risk of death. "A day of hunger means for an older patient that he needs week to build up the lost muscle and fat mass again," said the geriatric medicine. Malnourished patients recover more difficultly from illness and often have to stay longer in the clinic. That is why the test methods are also economically viable.
The medical practitioner cited the reasons for the frequent malnutrition that older people are often less hungry or thirsty. They also suffered from smell or taste disorders as well as from chewing and swallowing problems. "Around half of the elderly are affected."