Geriatric Nephrology and Urology

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 167–176 | Cite as

Nutrition in elderly hemodialysis patients

  • Jerrilynn D. Burrowes
  • Sharon H. Stall
Review Article

Abstract

The elderly dialysis population is increasing. Current nutritional recommendations for this group of patients are based on extrapolations of the recommendations for the general well elderly and adult hemodialysis populations. More than 60% of patients receiving renal replacement therapy in the US will be over the age of 65 by the year 2000. This mandates the need for the development of age-specific nutrient recommendations for elderly dialysis patients. This article presents methods for assessing nutritional status and identifying and treating malnutrition in elderly hemodialysis patients, and psychosocial issues affecting their food intake. Protein, energy and vitamin recommendations for the general elderly and adult hemodialysis populations are also reviewed, and questions raised as to their appropriateness in elderly hemodialysis patients.

Key words

energy elderly geriatric hemodialysis nutrition protein 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerrilynn D. Burrowes
    • 1
  • Sharon H. Stall
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Nephrology and HypertensionBeth Israel Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Department of Medicine, Section of NephrologyLenox Hill HospitalNew YorkUSA

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